Nick Tallone

How long have you been training?

7 years

Why did you begin training?

I’ve been a fan of MMA for many years and I didn’t particularly enjoy the gym or traditional exercise, so I decided to give BJJ a shot.

What encourages you the most about your practice?

The feeling of accomplishment after consistently applying or troubleshooting a technique.

What challenges you the most?

The plateaus. Those periods where you almost feel like you’re regressing.

How have you evolved as a result of it?

I feel that’s when I make the most progress. It forces me to analyze my training and address my weaknesses. Keep your head up and trust the process.

What is something that you learned about BJJ that was unexpected?

How deliberate and methodical it is. There are no lucky submissions.