Embarrassment is the cost of entry. If you are not willing to look like a foolish beginner, you will never be a graceful master.
– Ed Latimore
I am more than happy to train with just about anybody as long as they have a good attitude and are training to get better, not to “win.” If you have any requests or inquiries, click below to contact me. I have experience coaching in many different aspects or grappling, specializing in Judo style takedowns and submission focused technical grappling. I am also a lifelong student and would be happy to learn from you if you have something to teach me.
My mindset for this competition was to try to make the matches feel as normal as possible. My entire purpose in competing was to bring down the pre-match anxiety to a level equal to what I experience right before training, that is to say no anxiety. I find that the simmering emotions of grapplers waiting to compete will exhaust them before their matches, allowing cooler headed individuals to win in the moments that matter.
This is an extremely symbolic match for me. It’s not about the money, it’s about the shift that happens when you do something and get paid for the first time. Up until this point, I have always paid to do Jiu-Jitsu. If I win this match, I will get paid $50. More importantly, I will forever have the achievement of going pro.
My official rank for jiu jitsu at this point in time was a white belt with two or three stripes. I wanted to compete at blue belt however, because I had a good amount of previous experience training at another Jiu-Jitsu gym and at the CMU Judo Club. It was a big accomplishment for me just to see that I could hang with this level of competitor. My first match was not a win, but I was happy that it wasn’t a shutout.