Hall of Fame, Bonugli, brings Jiu-Jitsu to Cuero

By Jacob Stock

The Cuero Disc

For the owner of the new Family Jiu-Jitsu Karate of Cuero, Jeff Bonugli, it has been quite a career. Beginning his martial arts journey in 1975, Bonugli, now 66, has made several achievements throughout his career. Bonugli started karate when he was only 18 years old. “At 50, I started my journey with Jiu-Jitsu. It took me 14 years to get my black belt. It took me five years just to get out of white belt,” Bonugli said. “I would come home after a long day at work around 10 p.m., train until about 1 a.m., then get up and start again.” Bonugli’s work ethic is the standard you want 10th degree black belt in karate, the highest possible level, Bonugli has the knowledge and experience you are looking for in an instructor. Bonugli also has his black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and is part of the martial arts pantheon, national and international. In the latter part of his career, he won the world masters championships in 2014, 2016 and 2018. “The goal here is to help children,” Bonugli said. “I don’t know who I’m supposed to help, but I’m focused and focused.”

Bonugli has classes every week, Monday through Thursday, and is no stranger to martial arts.

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