- Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy:
Team Marcelo Pereira
under Marcelo Pereira
- Also trains at:
under John Paccione
- Height and Weight: 5' 10' / 210 lbs
- Proudest Accomplishment:
Becoming a father
- How often do you compete?
once a year
- Favorite Submission:
- Favorite BJJ fighter:
I began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 16 on a mat full of white belts. We used to pay a blue belt to drive 4 hours to drive up from Chicago to train with us. A few of the guys I originally trained with have gone on to achieve the black belt (Henry Matamoros, Eric "Red" Schafer and Jon Friedland).
I received my blue belt from Jacare Calvalcanti in December of 1998. I wore it once and stopped training jiu-jitsu to pursue a college degree. After graduating and establishing my career, I returned to the mat in May 2008 under Sean Wilson. I put my white belt back on and started over after watching the killers in the Black Trunk gym. After 10 months, I received my blue belt from Sean. I trained with Sean for 4 years until he passed away in June 2012.
At this point, I began training under Phil Cardella. I was awarded my purple belt in August of 2012. I continued there until he closed his gym in July 2013. In October of 2013, I joined Team Marcelo Pereira where I continue to train today.
My judo journey has been a bit odd. I began in June 2012 and earned my yellow belt in August 2012. I stopped training as it was too much to train jiu jitsu, judo and still try to be a husband and father. I competed recently in January 2014. I placed first in the brown belt 98 kilos and place second in the newaza division (losing twice to a judoka from the famed Tokai University).
I recently returned to judo in June 2014 and earned my orange belt under 6th dan, Sensei John Paccione.