GRACIEMAG published a Member Profile on Bay Jiu-Jitsu in their #202 February 2014 print magazine edition. Here is a re-post of their article:
Stephan Goyne of Bay Jiu-Jitsu had a career as a public school teacher before opening his academies in 2008. After graduating with a history degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, he taught in Oakland, California for six years. He also worked as a gymnastics coach for eight years.
Stephan began his journey in jiu-jitsu in 1998 and received his black belt in 2010. Even after opening three Bay Jiu-Jitsu Academy locations within the last three years, he continues to train at least five times a week. His motivation to compete stems from his motto that “putting yourself under the pressure of competition will, win or lose, make you a better person and better equip you for the stresses of everyday life.”
The Bay Jiu-Jitsu Academies feature classes for kids and adults of all levels in both gi and no-gi jiu-jitsu. Part of the schedule includes BayFit classes, which focus on strength and conditioning. Students can enhance their power, cardiovascular fitness, speed, agility, mobility, and balance. Also unique at Bay Jiu-Jitsu is their BayAcro program, which is a cross-training tool that combines yoga, acrobatics, and Thai massage. The training increases strength and flexibility and also works well as a cool-down.
The school was created to provide accessible training for everyone. When asked to elaborate, Stephan explains: “We are proud to have a strong women’s program and have openly homosexual students. We like an atmosphere of equality, acceptance, and kindness. We have some strong competitors, but our focus is creating a fun and tight-knit community. Our students range from 20 months old to over 60 years old.”
For 2014, Stephan looks forward to sharing his knowledge with and learning from international jiu-jitsu practitioners. He has already taught seminars in Thailand and Indonesia, and is teaching workshops in Vietnam in early January. Stephan also aims to bring world-renowned experts into his academies to expose his students to new techniques and ways of thinking. Says the professor: “I believe in diversity and an open mind – both in the way one approaches studying jiu-jitsu and their life in general.”