Love in the Time of Pain Management: Triumph Over Adversity with Lance and Laura Rosser

My name is Lance Rosser. I started training Jiu Jitsu at Elite MMA in 2008 at 38 years old. I was pretty consistent with my training up until about 2011 when I had to have back surgery (L4-L5 fused and a laminectomy). It took me about a year to recover from back surgery. Retuning to BJJ training was a slow process, however I eventually got back in the swing of things after about another 12 months. In 2014 I got married, and that actually took me off the mats longer than the back surgery. Four years quickly passed, and I realized how much I missed training at Elite MMA. There is obviously the physical health component but what really stood out to me was the amount of stress that melts away after rolling for an hour. Training with the Elite family has improved my mental wellbeing which is especially needed during COVID-19.

My name is Laura Rosser. I met my husband in 2013 in Colombia which is where I am from. I met him a couple of years after he had his back surgery. He still had a lot of back pain in his lower back. Our first date ended up being me treating him for his back pain. I am a physician that specializes in alternative pain management. Once we got together, I started learning a lot about the many things he enjoys, one of them being Jiu Jitsu. During my initial visit to Houston one of the first things he did was bring me to Elite MMA and introduce me to all of his friends. Even though, at that time,  I wasn’t into Jiu Jitsu, kickboxing and the like because I thought it was too violent, I loved the philosophy behind Elite MMA and how everybody was so close to each other, genuine friendships. In fact, since that day, everyone that I have met at have been very nice, some of the best people I have met in Houston. My exercise preference has typically been yoga, but with the encouragement of Coach Hai I stared private kickboxing classes. I was surprised to learn things about myself that I did not know. I started to understand how strong I am and how confident I can be with my own body. I now participate in the group kick boxing class with my husband 2 to 3 times a week. Something I never thought I’d enjoy but now consider one of the best parts of my day.


We have come a long way since my first day at Elite MMA. My wife has moved her practice ( to Houston and she is one of my best training partners. Elite makes us feel like family. As the saying goes, it is the journey and not the destination.

Mixed Martial Arts Houston


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