The Story Behind the Name

hespé is derived from how Brazilians pronounce "Respect" with their Portuguese accents. Pronouncing an 'H' instead of an 'R.' Pronounced /hess-peh/.

I have been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for 8 years now. The reason why I created this brand is to show my love and appreciation for the martial art. Also, I want to be able to share my passion of the art with others. If you are like me, you respect each and every person who trains BJJ because you know how absolutely tough it is. Few people have the courage to even try it, let alone go in day in and day out. All of our fellow brothers and sisters training jiu jitsu should be respected. From the masters all the way to the new guy, and everyone in between. My instructor, Elizandro Beda, in my opinion, is a great example of how one should carry themselves. Especially when you possess so much skill and ability. I feel like knowing BJJ allows you to be able to respect someone even more because you feel less threatened, and knowing you can protect yourself. At least that's the way it has been for me. In addition to respecting your fellow practitioner, it is my belief that one should respect everyone and everything. The respect you learn in class should carry out into the real world. I'm sure that a lot of you have been able to apply the jiu jitsu culture to the real world just like me. I feel like if I can survive BJJ, then I can survive almost anything that life throws at me. And the bond formed with your teammates is something you can rarely find anywhere else. It's hard to meet great people in life but I feel like I'm surrounded by them in the jiu jitsu community. You meet people from all walks of life. But you know as soon as you step on the mat that you are all the same, just some folks who love BJJ and are just trying to get better at it. I love jiu jitsu. I try to get as many people in there as I can. I believe it changes you and changes you for the better. The art of jiu jitsu has benefited me in a variety of ways. Not just in the gym but outside of it as well. So this is my perspective and my thoughts on BJJ. I hope my style appeals to a lot of my fellow jiu jitsu players. I'm the type of person that would like to be able to represent our sport with a more humble approach. Nothing too flashy or cocky, just simply representing what we will always have a passion for. Comfort and quality are my main focus as well. My goal is to provide apparel that is something you would enjoy wearing because you love BJJ and you love the way it fits. Representing how jiu jitsu should be in the gym, and standing up for what we believe is right, outside of the gym. Just being a good person and treating each other fairly every day.