Why did you start BJJ?

I had trained in other martial arts and felt that if the individual I trained with was larger he would always have an upper hand. When I found Jiu Jitsu I found an art that could neutralize anyone.

How long ago?

14 years

What are the 3 most important things BJJ has taught you?

  • Commitment
  • Determination
  • Will power

What do you enjoy about teaching?

Being able to see a student learn a technique that they thought they could not do and realizing that Jiu Jitsu truly is for anyone.

What is your outside profession?

Firefighter

Goals for the future?

To continue to grow as a practitioner and instructor.

Finish this sentence: If I knew then what I know now about BJJ, I would…

…have started as soon as I heard of Jiu Jitsu.

If you could meet anyone in the world/history, who would it be and what would you ask them?

Leonardo da Vinci. In a time of closed minds how did you come up with such genius designs? What made you think that the impossible was not really impossible?

What is your favorite candy/bar and why?

Dark chocolate Goldberg’s peanut chews.

What other information would you like people to know about you?

I am the 15th person Marcelo Garcia promoted to black belt.