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Husband and wife James Thrall and Lisa Motyka hope to become black belts around their 18th wedding anniversary next month. Photo by Jeff Dawsey

The road to black No. 2: A former attorney and his wife hope to soon become black belts

Tuesday, Jun. 13, 2017 |

Husband and wife James Thrall and Lisa Motyka hope to become black belts around their 18th wedding anniversary next month. Photo by Jeff Dawsey

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Motyka says it's common to expect an unexpected jiujitsu attack at home. Photo by Jeff Dawsey

Tuesday, Jun. 13, 2017 |

Motyka says it's common to expect an unexpected jiujitsu attack at home. Photo by Jeff Dawsey

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Sensei George Rego says the two have reached near-black belt status "because they're constantly pushing each other, which has made them bring the other up when training is tough." Photo by Jeff Dawsey

Tuesday, Jun. 13, 2017 |

Sensei George Rego says the two have reached near-black belt status "because they're constantly pushing each other, which has made them bring the other up when training is tough." Photo by Jeff Dawsey

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Husband and wife James Thrall and Lisa Motyka have been training at Jukido Academy for almost seven years. Photo by Jeff Dawsey

Tuesday, Jun. 13, 2017 |

Husband and wife James Thrall and Lisa Motyka have been training at Jukido Academy for almost seven years. Photo by Jeff Dawsey

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