Jiu Jitsu Spotlight by KNOXX with Eric Mananzan, owner of Bay Area Fight Academy

1. How did you get started in BJJ?
I was offered to teach stand up at Charles Gracie Daly City in exchange for training BJJ, Been there ever since.

2.What is your current rank and who gave it to you? Where do you currently train at now?
I am currently a 2 stripe blue belt, given to my by Charles Gracie Black Belt Clint Gerona. I train at all the bay area Charles Gracie locations, Bay Area Fight Academy being an affiliate school.

3.Is there a person you would like to roll with if you were given the opportunity?
BJ Penn

4.Do you compete in BJJ?
Yes, in the 40 and over division blue belt

5.How did you do in all your tournaments? Accomplishments?
It’s usually a very small division, so I either get bumped down an age category or bumped up a weight division. When that happens, I hold my own but no golds.

6. What do you do for a living? Work? School?
Financial Analyst and owner of Bay Area Fight Academy

7.What do you enjoy doing other than BJJ? Hobbies?
MMA is my hobby, teaching and training it. DJing once in awhile when I have time.

8. How has BJJ changed your life?
It has shown me it takes real skill to earn a BJJ belt and you are consistently tested on it with every roll. Most people ranked a belt are legit, as opposed to a Tae Kwon Do black belt who has never seen real combat or competition.

9.Any advice to the new white belts that recently started BJJ?
Relax and slow down!!! You’re gonna hurt someone!

10. What do you like most and least about BJJ?
What I like least are people that do not wash their gi’s or have good hygiene

11.Do you train any other martial arts or exercise other than BJJ?
Muay Thai, boxing, Wing Chun and Choy Lay Fut

12.Is there anything else you would like to say to the readers of this interview?
Consistency is the key to getting better.


Jiu-Jitsu Spotlight is to allow one’s personal opinions, advices and journey into their Jiu Jitsu training and lifestyle.
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