I met Brenden on a rainy Saturday morning during a wrestling meetup at Cambridge High School. It’s 8:30 a.m. and I’m expecting to meet a high energy, amped-up kid ready to wrestle. Instead, I met a calm, focused and respectful young man.
As a mutual friend introduced us, Brenden said a few words to him and even fewer to me. I asked if he was comfortable filming and he simply said, “Of course,” then added a kind, “Thanks for doing all of this.”
While the other kids on his team were goofing off, scoping out the competition or frantically rehearsing takedowns and defense maneuvers, Brenden sat calmly on the mat, saying little to his teammates and relaxing. It seemed to be his nature. Is he introverted, or is it something else?
Brenden’s focus is jiu-jitsu. He has been practicing this form of martial arts since he was 7 years old, jumping from gym to gym, until finally settling down at J3 Fitness in Alpharetta.