Esteem Jiujitsu was founded in 2010 by Michael Stratton, a BJJ black belt under Megaton Dias. Michael’s been on the mats since 1993 when he joined the JH wrestling team and fell in love with the art of grappling. He participated in folk-style, freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling from age 12 - 18. After high school, Michael gravitated towards MMA and no gi BJJ. He won the only two MMA fights he did in 2007 and 2008 before he decided that he was happier as an instructor. In 2010, with the support of his wife, Rosie, he finally opened Esteem Jiujitsu.
“I couldn’t get enough,” says Stratton, “I always knew I’d end up owning a gym and building a team because I’ve always been driven to teach what I know. Ever since I can remember I would learn something, and then teach it to the first person who showed an interest. Whether it was a grappling technique or a life technique, I’ve always felt knowledge should be shared, and I've always enjoyed learning as much as I've enjoyed teaching.”
The Stratton's are Petaluma locals who have two wonderful boys, Joshua and Jordan. The entire family participates in the jiujitsu training and they all compete.
“My life has become my dream come true." Says Coach Michael. "I have my beautiful wife, sons and an awesome gym family that words can’t describe. I've got all I've ever wanted."
Michael and Rosie plan to grow the new location to full capacity, the same way they have done at the previous 2 locations. The gym has been growing steadily since they were established in 2010, and with the new 4000 square foot location, the future is bright!