What area of fitness do you specialize in?
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Fighters Fitness.
How did you get started in your given field?
I was introduced to the lifestyle of Jiu-jitsu by my brother Phil. I have been involved in it for 20 years.
What motivates you?
Every day I wake up I’m pumped to change other people’s lives in a positive way. Being able to pay it forward with the knowledge I obtained from the martial arts and fitness world throughout the years keeps me motivated.
What advice would you give to someone who is looking to improve their skills in your field?
Jiu-Jitsu self-defense should not be taken as a hobby but as a lifestyle. With that mindset, it will not only teach you to defend yourself and be more confident, but also give you a strong skill to solve everyday encounters.
Why are you a fan of City Sports?
City Sports offers comfortable, fashionable apparel, shoes, and gear for dedicated and casual athletes alike.
Why did you want to become an Elite Athlete?
City Sports and I share the same goal: to spread the word on the many benefits of a healthy and fun lifestyle.
What is your favorite gear to work out in?
My favorite City Sports gear has to be the Enduracool Towel. The fabric cools instantly. It’s perfect for cooling down after a hard training session.
List of accomplishments:
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships
1999 Blue Belt – 2nd Place
USA vs Brazil Championship
2004 Brown Belt – Champion
Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Championships
2008 Black Belt – 3rd Place 2004 Brown Belt – 1st place Champion 2002 Brown Belt – 3rd Place
American National Jiu-Jitsu Championships
2004 Brown Belt – 2nd Place
Major Tournament Accomplishments:
2008 Boris Talis Cup (BJJ vs. Sambo) Gold Medalist
2008 Bud Cup Pro Division – 3rd Place
2007 US Grappling Submission Wrestling Absolute – Gold Medalist
2005 Arnold/Gracie World Championship Black Belt Heavyweight – Gold Medalist
2005 Arnold/Gracie World Championship Black Belt Open – 2nd Place
2005 Arnold/Gracie World Championship Pro Submission Wrestling – 3rd Place
2004 Pro Am Gracie Nationals Brown Belt Open – 3rd Place
2004 Pro Am Gracie Nationals Brown Belt Heavyweight – Champion
2004 Grapplers Quest NA Championships No-Gi Heavyweight – Champion
2004 Copa Atlantica Brown Belt Heavyweight – Champion
2004 Arnold/Gracie World Championship Brown Belt Open – 3rd Place
2004 Arnold/Gracie World Championship Brown Belt Heavyweight – Champion
2004 Grapplers Quest Beast of the East No-Gi Light Heavyweight – Champion
2002 Arnold/Gracie World Championship Purple Belt Open – Champion
2002 Arnold/Gracie World Championship Purple Belt Heavyweight – Champion
2001 Mat Madness Proving Grounds – 3rd Place
2001 NAGA Garden State Championship Purple Belt – Champion
2001 NAGA Garden State Championships No-Gi – Champion
1997 Annual Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Tournament – Gold Medalist
1996 Annual Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Tournament – Gold Medalist