No more Cheddar Bay Biscuits



Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is still known as a rich man sport.   I often hear “I’d love to do that, but I don’t have the money.”  Let me give you a quick breakdown of the cost of Jiu Jitsu.  Typically you are looking at a gym rate of $100-250 a month, the GI costs around $175, and if you are going to train consistantly you need at least two GIs.  If you have kids you need someone to watch your kids, more money.  So you can see how this sport gets expensive.

I started working at Red Lobster seven and a half years ago as I was finishing up my Associates degree at Glendale Community College.  The job started off as a temporary job but I have been there ever since apart from a couple extended breaks.  The reason that this happened is I fell deeply into an addiction, it started changing my priorities and my overall life.  The addiction started disrupting my sleep and tearing down my body.  I simply became addicted to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

It all started one day at Red Lobster when I began to recieve kidney punches as I reached for some more of Red Lobster’s famous chedder bay biscuits for my table.  The kidney punches were coming from proffesional fighter and at that time blue belt Ray Elbe.  Ray had picked up a couple shifts a week to supplement his fighting career.  He convinsed me to come down and check out his gym.  At the time I was barely 21 and thought I was a pretty tough guy.  My first day at the gym I got mounted and elbows rained on my face.  Some people would have ran away but I found myself fascinated with all I didn’t know in fighting.  At that time I was working five shifts at Red Lobster and going to school.  Although I had a busy schedule I worked it around getting in the gym two nights a week.  Starting off I was focussed on the kick boxing, I didn’t think I would be too into Jiu Jitsu.   After taking a couple of Jiu Jitsu classes I was hooked, and two days a week didn’t seem like enough anymore.  So again I adjusted my schedule to make sure I was in the gym four days a week.

After graduating from college I felt the need to get a “grown up” job and decided to get my insurance liscense.  I landed a job with the talking duck Aflac.  It took about a year to decide that selling insurance wasn’t for me and it was cutting too much into my training time.  So I picked up other small jobs and went back to Red Lobster 3 nights a week.    In September 2010 I took a job offer to go teach Jiu Jitsu in Thailand for six months.  One of the hardest things to get adjusted to upon returning to the states is that I had to go back to work at Red Lobster two nights a week.

Today will be my last shift at Red Lobster, it has been a long time coming.  What Red Lobster gave me was seven years of dedication to my training, and I met a lot of good friends a long the way.   It is hard for me to hear “I really want to train, but I just don’t have the money.”  It is a decision that I made to better my life and it didn’t come without sacrifices.  It feels good to see all the hard work pay off.

The thing I will miss the least about Red Lobster is stupid people looking and talking to me like I am dumb.  I put together a quick list of the dumbest thing people said to me working at Red Lobster.

1.  What is the difference between popcorn shrimp and chicken fingers?

2.  Me: “I will be back with another Coke can I get you anything else?

guest:  “I will have another Coke.”

3.  Guest:  “Can I get a Ceaser Salad?”


Guest: “You didn’t ask me what kind of dressing I wanted.”

4.  Me: “hey how’s it going today?”

Guest: “Can I get some of those biscuit thingies?”

5.  $200 bill, $9 tip  “Is that a good tip?”

Just a couple things I wont miss.

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One Response to “No more Cheddar Bay Biscuits”

  1. Ray Elbe says:


    Looking forward to having you back in Asia brotha…hit me up with your ticket details

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