Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Grappling Instructor
I train in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu because it is amazingly effective. Knowing I have the ability to control, subdue or defend myself against a bigger, stronger or faster opponent is a magnificent feeling. The techniques practiced in BJJ allow me the recognition and know-how, when it comes to dealing with any opponent regardless of their stature.
One of the greatest aspects about BJJ is that I sincerely can use 100% of my efforts and ability against any training partner and not ever injure them.As an active member of Law Enforcement this is especially crucial. I can use my knowledge and prowess in Jiu-jitsu, to control an individual without inflicting any pain or damage; this is a direct result of the Art’s lack of strikes, kicks or weapons. It makes Brazilian Jiu-jitsu MY primary tool in dealing with a non-compliant and/or combative individual, thus greatly reducing the dependency and the over reliance of the tools or equipment we carry on our police belts.
Some of the additional benefits of BJJ are not always apparent and they are those that take place off the mats. BJJ challenges you not only physically but mentally as well, problem solving and willingness to succeed becomes instinctual and part of your nature. For example, figuring out how to escape a submission, where if you’re late in reacting or display poor defensive techniques, you may lose the ability to breathe and as a result pass out. If you pass out you are out of commission. This type of a constant mental awareness brandishes you and so no challenge is ever too big to undertake and no task is to overwhelming to achieve. You will always find a way to persevere……just like you always find a way to breath.
I teach because it allows me to continue to learn, as an Instructor as well as a Student. When I’m teaching a technique I’m sharing valuable knowledge which was passed down to me by my own instructor. I think of this like ‘planting a seed’ in the mind of my students. Watching students practice a technique with successful completion in order to achieve the desired effect is considered as the act of ‘coming to fruition’ and this is fascinating to watch. In addition, I am still very much a passionate student of the Art and by breaking down these techniques it allows me the ability to simplify them, in a way that makes them more teachable and thus easier to learn for my students.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has enhanced my life in so many different ways. One of the most influential is the confidence to deal with any issue or situation that may arise at work or otherwise. In my profession, I am exposed to many confrontational situations, however with BJJ behind me I have managed to cultivate both the mental and physical confidence to handle any threat in the appropriate manner. Jiu-Jitsu has equipped me over the years to handle and overcome much adversity and it has above all taught me not to make any knee-jerk decisions but to consider the options and come up with a workable solution.
One of the other incredible aspects of BJJ that has enhanced my life is the uncanny ability to clear my mind, and this is one of the facets of BJJ that is not often discussed. Whether you are having a bad day at work, dealing with family issues or just having a personal dilemma, once you step on to the mat and start your match you are no longer thinking of any of your problems.Your mind is totally clear for a brief period of time, you now only have to deal with your opponent,the individual who is trying to submit you. That brief break from dwelling on any personal problems is such a great relief that once your match is over your mind feels clear, refreshed and can address any problems at hand. Jiu-Jitsu has granted me the ability of this magical act and I will forever be thankful.
2nd Place:Boston Winter Open IBJJF (Light -Purple Belt)
Champion: New York Spring Open IBJJF (Light -Purple Belt)
3rd Place: Pan Jiu-Jitsu NO-GI Championships (Middle – Purple Belt)
3rd Place: Pan Jiu-Jitsu NO-GI Championships (Light – Purple Belt)
2nd Place: New York Spring Open IBJJF (Light – Purple Belt)
Champion: North American BJJ Federation (Middle – Brown Belt)
Champion: New York BJJ PRO IBJJF Championships (Middle – Brown Belt)
Champion: New York BJJ PRO IBJJF Championships (Open – Brown Belt)