Ivanka Trump: “My Whole Family & Myself Train Jiu-Jitsu”

Ivanka Trump: “My Whole Family & Myself Train Jiu-Jitsu”

Ivanka Trump, daughter of former US president Donald Trump, has found a new passion that not only empowers her but also brings her family closer together: Jiu-Jitsu. In a recent interview on the Lex Fridman Podcast, she shared her journey into the world of martial arts, highlighting the profound impact it has had on her life and her family.

Discovering Jiu-Jitsu Through Her Daughter

Ivanka’s introduction to Jiu-Jitsu came through her daughter, Arabella. At the age of 11, Arabella expressed a desire to learn self-defense. Ivanka was both proud and impressed by her daughter’s awareness and determination. “As a mom, I was so proud because at 11, I was not thinking about defending myself,” Ivanka remarked. This led Ivanka to seek out reputable instructors, eventually connecting with the Valente Brothers Studio in Miami.

A Family Affair

What started as Arabella’s journey soon became a family affair. Encouraged by her daughter’s enthusiasm, Ivanka began training alongside her. This enthusiasm spread to her sons, Joseph and Theo, and even her husband, Jared. “Now we’re all doing Jiu-Jitsu,” Ivanka shared, illustrating how the practice has become a bonding activity for the entire family.

Empowerment and Awareness

For Ivanka, Jiu-Jitsu offers more than just physical training. It provides a sense of empowerment and confidence. “There’s something really empowering knowing that I have some basic skills to defend myself,” she said. This training also enhances situational awareness, an invaluable skill in today’s fast-paced world. Ivanka noted, “As you start to get this training, you become much more aware of the broader context of what’s happening around you.”

Philosophy and Discipline

The Valente Brothers’ approach to Jiu-Jitsu extends beyond physical techniques, incorporating a philosophy that resonates deeply with Ivanka and her family. The “753 code,” based on Samurai principles, is a core part of their training. Ivanka explained how her children have embraced this code, integrating its principles—such as benevolence, fitness, nutrition, and balance—into their daily lives. “It’s a framework much like religion is in our house,” Ivanka said, highlighting how these values guide their interactions and decisions.

Historical and Philosophical Roots

Ivanka appreciates the depth of the Valente Brothers’ commitment to the historical and philosophical aspects of martial arts. “One of the many things I love about the Valente Brothers is how rooted it is in philosophy and history,” she noted. This comprehensive approach ensures that practitioners understand the broader significance of martial arts beyond just the physical training.

Self-Defense and Confidence

In today’s world, the ability to defend oneself is crucial. Ivanka emphasized the importance of the self-defense component in Jiu-Jitsu. “It’s not just a sport; it’s a way to defend yourself on the street in all situations,” she explained. This aspect of training instills a sense of confidence and awareness that is vital for personal safety.

Humility and Growth

Jiu-Jitsu also teaches humility and resilience. Ivanka shared how the practice has humbled her and her family, helping them to grow and improve. “The biggest thing I gained from Jiu-Jitsu is getting my ass kicked was the humbling,” she admitted. This humility, she believes, is a valuable lesson that extends beyond the mat.

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