Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Some people go to church, I go to my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy.
I began training on 10/1/2007 at MassBJJ in Acton, MA and through thick and thin, age and injury, have managed to keep going.
…and the journey is just beginning.
I earned both my blue belt (2008) and purple belt (12/16/10) under Nate Ryan and Patric Barbieri at MassBJJ in Acton, MA. Upon moving to San Jose, CA in July 2011, I trained at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) in San Jose (Hillsdale Academy) as well as Gloglo BJJ, ultimately landing at Lute Academy in North San Jose.
On 10/24/14, Chris Coldiron (Checkmat black belt under Leo and Leandro Vieira) made me a surprise offer I couldn’t refuse — walk up and down the gauntlet 3 times in exchange for a new, brown, belt.
Fair trade, I reckon
My previous mantra of “PURPLE BELT FOR LIFE!” has now been replaced by “I AM THE WORST BROWN BELT IN THE WORLD (deal with it)” and often punctuated with “UGH! Purple Belt Wrestlers!”
Since I regularly travel both domestically and overseas, I seek out a local academy and train there as I can.