Zach and Nathan Adamson
Zach and his brother Nathan own and operate Seaside Jiu Jitsu in Seaside, Oregon. They are Rafael Lovato Jr.’s 5th and 6th black belts and are both avid competitors. Both are prolific BJJ fighters in the Northwest. It brings us great pleasure to have them as WBBJJ Private Session’s fourth installment. So without further ado, we present to you, Zach and Nathan Adamson.
WBBJJ: What brought you to BJJ?
Nathan: I was simply looking for an activity to get active again after high school. I started when I was nineteen and needed something to refocus my energy in a positive way. I instantly became addicted!
Zach: My brother dove in first and I followed him shortly after. The first night I learn a couple chokes from the back and was hooked instantly.
WBBJJ: What should White Belts do more of? Less of?
Nathan: Worry about only what you can control. Don’t worry about being a black belt in 4 years or less, or winning ever y tournament from white to black, or comparing yourself to others. You will find it difficult to enjoy Jiu Jitsu your entire life, if you are always concerned about the things you cannot control. The passion and desire to succeed, and to continue to get better should always be there, but it is our triumphs and failures that make us true champions in life. Drill and study as much as you can, then apply and implement.
Zach: Drill and Positional train more. Cross-train or do your homework to make sure your instructor is the right person to take you to black belt. Essentially you should respect this person enough to make them a lifelong friend, choose wisely!
WBBJJ: If you could go back in time and give White Belt Zach guidance, what advice would you give?
Nathan: Be better to your body! Eating, hydrating, sleeping, stretching and the right amount of training is all very important to the longevity of our movement as humans. Jiu Jitsu requires movement haha. Always continue to research ways to be more on point.
Zach: I answered that one in #2 as well. Make sure you find the right mentor and training partners. These people should motivate and inspire you.
WBBJJ: For you, what’s been the hardest part of the journey?
Nathan: The hardest point in my Jiu Jitsu career, so far, was when I completely blew my right knee out in 2008. It was right after my brother and I had opened the doors to our academy and Pan Ams were right around the corner at the time. I didn’t want to believe it was truly injured, so I didn’t get it worked on until 6 months later. Big mistake and learning experience for me.
Zach: Injuries have been hard to cope with but have been a blessing in disguise. I was forced to switch the direction I pass to after a serious knee injury in early 2012, this forced me to drill and train using my less dominate side. Fast forward to today and I know have the ability to pass to both sides with equal skill and timing.
WBBJJ: In tough times what has helped you get through and allowed you to persevere?
Nathan: When times are tough I read and listen to as much motivational and positive information as possible. I have always been fortunate to have a family that is supportive and loves me, so that helps a lot. I put myself in the position of being an academy owner and Professor so that I am in a position of needing to constantly better myself, so I can be more valuable to others in life.
Zach: Setting goals and surrounding myself with winners. As soon as I kicked the losers out of my life I was free of all negativity and allowed me to be the best I can be.
WBBJJ: If you weren’t doing this what would you do?
Nathan: If I weren’t doing Jiu Jitsu I would be a race car driver, or skydiver, or something cool like that. Adrenaline junkie right here.
Zach: Ha, I love to surf and travel so probably something in one of those area/industries.
WBBJJ: What do you tell someone who says they want to do BJJ and then gives the standard excuses, time, money, etc?
Nathan: I would tell them to keep doing what they really want with their money, time, excuses, etc… Everyone does what they feel is most important to them in life. We all have choices to make and I can’t control others emotions or actions so I leave it to the individual to decide if they really want the Jiu Jitsu lifestyle, or if they have more important things to do.
Zach: A good coach knows that the key to building a strong team is developing a culture of success. The environment can become so positive it will do all the student retention work for us. If I can get them in the door and around the good energy in the academy we usually keep them for life.
WBBJJ: Favorite activity besides BJJ?
Nathan: Being outdoors (hiking, biking, swimming, beach, river, desert, mountains)
Zach: Travel to experience new cultures.
WBBJJ: What’s on your IPOD?
Nathan: I listen to pretty much everything (except country). Kendrick Lamar, Sublime, Naked and Famous, Damien Marley, Ub40, Bonobo, The Click, Basement Jaxx, Trance, Dance and Dubstep… Love it all.
Zach: Juicy J.
WBBJJ: What was the last movie you watched?
Nathan: Drinking Buddies. It was pretty funny.
Zach: Out of the Furnace. Woody (Harrelson) is the man.
WBBJJ: If you could train with someone living or dead who would that be?
Nathan: If I only had one chance it would be Helio Gracie. I would really like to train Robson Moura or Leandro Lo because of their incredibly dynamic game!
Zach: Rickson Gracie
WBBJJ: Any final thoughts?
Nathan: I honestly believe that their is no better lifestyle than Jiu Jitsu. It has the ability to do amazing things to help people change and accomplish their deepest desires. It is the antidote to surviving our youth and giving them a direction for success with ambitions to do incredible things with themselves and for their communities. If you are interested in following us and the exciting projects we have on the horizon, join us at www.TheAdamsonBros.com. Train hard, train smart, never quit, live hard!
Zach: Once you achieve a high level in Jiu Jitsu you realize the fun isn’t in chasing the belt, but the desire to become our best. Never stop improving yourself and helping others. This are two of the most rewarding experiences in life.
Zach Adamson Highlight Video
Leg drag pass with Zach Adamson
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Interview by Todd Shaffer WBBJJ