1. How did you get started in BJJ?
I initially got hooked through Pride fighting and the UFC, soon later got anxious on how effective Jiu Jitsu was. I first started back in early 2009 back at San Francisco city college.
2. What is your current rank and who gave it to you? Where do you currently train at now?
I am currently a Purple belt I got through Nathan Snukst (Ronin jiu jitsu. I no longer train at Ronin and now full time at Evolve Training Center under John Janeiro.
3. Is there a person you would like to roll with if you were given the opportunity?
A huge influence is Marcelo Garcia for his size and technique. Another would be Caio Terra.
4. Do you compete in BJJ?
I do compete when it possible (family)… I have done tournaments from the US Open, Jiu Jitsu by the sea, Rumble in the redwoods, NAGA, Mokoloko
5. How did you do in all your tournaments? Accomplishments?
I have yet to achieve gold and have a few Silver Medals. I have also participated in also a few smoker fights as well.
6. What do you do for a living? Work? School?
For work I am a Service Technician for Mini Cooper of Marin.
7. What do you enjoy doing other than BJJ? Hobbies?
For hobbies I enjoy spending time with my family,Firearms and going to the shooting range, Car events occasional drag racing, Fishing and Eating.
8. How has BJJ changed your life?
For me its has given me a huge amount of Self confidence, it also allows for me slow things down and analyze work related and life dilemmas. Jiu Jitsu has given me a huge self respect in others as it is so humbling.
9. Any advice to the new white belts that recently started BJJ?
Yeah try not to get frustrated. Stay open minded about your learning, remember it is always about the journey not the ranking or who you Tap. There are many techniques that you may not get at first but try to understand them even if you cant perform them. Make jiu jitsu about you and how it benefits you and others.
10. What do you like most and least about BJJ?
I love the learning aspect and the ability to always test your self mentally and physically. Another thing is regardless of age, race, or disabilities the jiu speaks for its self.
The only thing that kills jiu jitsu for me is egos… Whether its your classmates, instructor, and even outsiders who don’t understand the sport and its beauty.
11. Do you train any other martial arts or exercise other than BJJ?
Just mainly basketball and the occasional yoga, yeah Yoga hahaha
11. Is there anything else you would like to say to the readers of this interview?
Yeah its never too late to start. Jiu Jitsu never has any boundaries. Spread the beauty of Jiu Jitsu and help it grow. You may never compete or get your black belt and thats okay. Think about how beneficial it is to you and the others around you. Be humble and always stay positive.
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