Brazilian Jiu Jitsu | Longview, Texas


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East Texas Wrecking Crew


East Texas Wrecking Crew is a flourishing jiu-jitsu gym nestled in Longview, Texas, with a heart rooted in the sport’s principles and a vision for community impact. Founded by Edgar and Priscilla Rubio, the gym has quickly become a hub for jiu-jitsu enthusiasts seeking a welcoming and nurturing environment.

The Rubio family’s journey to East Texas and the creation of the Wrecking Crew is a tale of passion, resilience, and dedication. Prior to settling in Longview, they were deeply entrenched in the soccer scene in the bustling DFW area. However, the constant travel and demanding schedule took a toll, prompting them to seek a more balanced lifestyle.

Their introduction to jiu-jitsu was serendipitous, and they soon found themselves enamored with the discipline. When Pure Jiu Jitsu, their initial training ground, unexpectedly closed its doors, the Rubios faced a pivotal moment. Rather than scattering in search of a new gym, they saw an opportunity to not only continue their own journey but also to cultivate a tight-knit community in East Texas.

Driven by a desire to preserve the bonds they had forged within the BJJ community and to share their passion with others, the Rubios embarked on a bold venture. Despite being relative newcomers as white belts, they launched East Texas Wrecking Crew, guided by a simple yet powerful goal: to unite their BJJ family and extend the sport’s transformative impact to the local community.

Their dedication to fostering a sense of belonging and growth is evident in every aspect of the gym. From beginners to seasoned practitioners, everyone is welcomed with open arms and encouraged to thrive. The gym’s affiliation with Watkins Wrecking Crew in Arlington adds depth to its training programs, ensuring that members receive top-notch instruction and support.

For the Rubios, owning a business in East Texas isn’t just about running a gym—it’s about embodying core values of honesty, trustworthiness, and transparency. They prioritize the well-being of families, a commitment that sets them apart in today’s fast-paced world. By establishing East Texas Wrecking Crew, they aspire to make a positive impact in a community where small businesses flourish and where the spirit of jiu-jitsu can inspire and uplift others.

In essence, East Texas Wrecking Crew isn’t just a gym; it’s a testament to the power of passion, community, and the unwavering belief that through dedication and heart, anything is possible.