Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, GI and nogi coach
Multiple time NAGA gold, ADCC trials bronze and silver medal. I’ve grappled in and won many tournaments such as Miami Open, Newbreed, Fight to win, and many more. I’ve trained with some of the best grapplers on the planet such as Pablo Popovich, Vagner Rocha, and Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu plus many others. I’ve competed at every belt, from white belt to black belt. I’m a black belt under the Moncaio brothers.
I learned the fundamentals of instructing from Vagner Rocha and was given opportunities to instruct as a purple and brown belt. I am known as the heavyweight grappling coach as I often work with heavyweight mixed martial artists. I’ve worked with Matt Mitrione, Steve Mowry, Linton Vassell, Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal, Stephan Struve, Alexey Oleinik, and currently Greg Hardy. I work alongside Charles McCarthy and Rashad Evans. I’ve trained hundreds of people at multiple gyms, some of them being up and coming fighters as I will work with anyone, no matter if they are hobbyist or professional.
I started training or studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu February 2011. 11 years. I’ve studied multiple disciplines starting from the age of 7.
I’ve trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for 11 years.
Like most coaches, I’m heavy on fundamentals and practicality. Because of my height (I’m 6″ 7′) and my long body limbs, I show a different perspective of grappling. I can help a student understand how to use their body type to fight men like myself, and for those that are built like me, to utilize their length to the full extent. I have a background in the military–the US Navy–so my classes were sometimes structured around how I taught and learned while in the service. My classes are easy and digestible.
I want my future students to know that the martial arts are fun. Ask questions. Be willing to lose and learn. Learn to adapt to this ever changing art. Evolve and stay open minded. Stay in shape and try eat healthy.