Danny Gapar, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor, finds inspiration in all the right places.

How did you get involved in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

I was intrigued after watching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on the Ultimate Fighting Championship. At the time I was studying in Singapore. During a mid-term break back to Brunei, my cousin started BJJ training with an expat teacher. He invited me to come along and have a look. As soon as I returned to Singapore I immediately hunted down the ultimate BJJ class. I was completely addicted after the first session. The main thing that got me hooked was that it didn’t involve any striking – no punches or kicks. It’s all about submissions. This gives a smaller person the ability to successfully defend himself against a much larger opponent. The irony of it was quite enlightening.

You are a graphic designer at Progresif and a BJJ instructor. What are your motivations?

I am determined to achieve my goals and continually improve. This self-motivation serves both endeavours. Career-wise, I want to become a better graphic designer and I want to help Progresif be a leader in our field.

To me, Progressive means to better yourself. Always. Move forward and change for the better. But do it intelligently; don’t jump on the bandwagon every time something hip comes along.

Who is your biggest inspiration in life?

In the world of graphic design, designers like Stefan Sagmeister and David Carson inspire me. I love how they push the boundaries to create experimental, intuitive and personal works of art. At the same time, the work ethic of professional BJJ athletes like Marcos Almeida Buchecha and Andre Galvoa also inspire me. And in terms of my personal life, my main inspiration comes from my parents. They’ve taught me that the value of working hard and fighting for greatness. Valuable lessons that I’d like to pass on to my son.

Describe your typical day.

My workweek is full-on graphic designing. After work, I spend some quality time with my wife and son before I go to BJJ training at Busiido MMA Gym at Kiarong. During the weekends, my day starts early as usual. You’ll be amazed how much of the day you’ll have if you start early.
After breakfast with my family I usually head to the gym for a couple of hours of BJJ and then spend the rest of the day doing errands and enjoying my family. After all, the more time you spend together as a family, the more quality experiences you’ll enjoy.
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