Purple Belt BJJ Couple Shares Heartwarming Anniversary Surprise On The Mats

Some of us in the jiu-jitsu community have been lucky enough to find a gym that feels like home and teammates that feel like family.

Joshua Smith knew he’d found that special connection through jiu-jitsu, which is why he surprised his now-wife Heidi with a proposal on the mats almost nine years ago. With jiu-jitsu being such a huge part of the couple’s lives, there was no question for Joshua that his team should bear witness to such an important moment.

All this time later, though, Heidi got her own chance to surprise the love of her life on the mats. After her husband had mentioned that the couple hadn’t done anything “big” for their ten-year anniversary, Heidi decided she wanted to go all-out this year, inviting some special people to celebrate their special day with them at the gym. What Joshua didn’t know, however, was that Heidi had prepared an anniversary gift he’d never forget.

We don’t want to ruin the surprise, so just watch the video below and get the tissues ready:

In a Facebook post, Joshua expressed his joy over the growing family’s good news:

“Still so blown away by the fact that I’m going to be a dad!!!! I’ve watched this video at least 50 times now… Heidi and I had been trying for quite a while to conceive, and I had all but given hope of us ever being parents unless we adopted. That’s why at first, I really had no idea what was going on and my reaction was so delayed. I had pretty much started to accept that it was never going to happen. Once you fail so many times and develop that type of mindset, it’s hard to see any other possibilities.Thank you to all of our wonderful friends and family who have offered an overwhelming amount of support… At least we know this baby will not be in short supply of people who love our little family to be!”

Congratulations to the happy couple on their big news!


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