Six-year-old Jonathan and Oliver are known as the “Twinjas” due to their love of martial arts and identical twin antics. Their father Steven Ho is best known for his stunt work as “Donatello” in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films and is a regular guest on Conan O’Brien. With a Ninja Turtle as a father, it’s no surprise that these prodigies took an immediate liking to martial arts. Since they were old enough to walk they visited their dad on film sets and spent time with stuntmen and fighters at world-class levels. They began their formal training at age four, and now enjoy a diverse slate of martial arts in Los Angeles. Their consistent routine includes BJJ with coach Gavin Teragawa (purple belt under Cobrinha), boxing with Jose and Nacho Saucedo of Westside Boxing Club, wrestling with Mike Logan, and of course kicking and weapons with Dad. When they’re not training, they enjoy collecting Pokémon cards, cooking with mom, digging for worms, and shooting their own videos for Instagram.
Q&A Session Between Oliver Ho & Jonathan Ho and Elite Sports
Question: What inspires you about BJJ? MMA?
Answer: I like it because it makes me stronger and I feel like I can fall down and not get hurt
Question: Who inspires you, past or present? Why do they inspire you?
Answer: Both answers: Bruce Lee
Question: What are your goals for this year? Next 3 years? Next 5 years?
Answer: I want to win Pan Kids, so I am working hard to achieve that goal, also meet new people through BJJ.
Question: How long have you been training?
Answer: 2 years in MM, 1 year in BJJ
Question: How often do you train?
Answer: Dad: 4-5 days/week
Question: What do you think it takes to be a champion in your sport?
Answer: Oliver: A lot of practice, Jonathan: Full effort.
Question: What sort of gear do you usually keep in your gym bag before hitting the gym? Do you have different items for specific days?
Answer: Oliver, Boxing gloves, Bruce Lee doll, shin guards, mouthpiece, Jonathan: Pokémon cards, boxing gloves, shin guards, mouthpiece, mouth guard...