Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Coach
Brown belt since September 2013
I am a Brown Belt under Leo Negao and started practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in June, 2006. It’s amazing how we change as we go through life – and I have for a long time now, reached a point where training solely for self-defence – pounding bags for hours every week – has absolutely no interest for me at all. I have no interest in fighting outside of sport BJJ. I feel I am in a better place.
In June 2006, I was only interested in the ground fighting positions and how to escape them. I didn’t believe for one moment that I would grow to love sport Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and my interest would change how I feel about many things in life.
My focus is now entirely sport BJJ, believing that if absolutely necessary – my ground fighting skills could be relied upon – but I truly hope they will never be needed. My sports interest extends to the many BJJ competitions and who’s who in BJJ – who the past and current champions are and the history of BJJ. With nearly ten years of training behind me, I now believe it is my time to compete more often. I encourage people to compete as soon as they feel ready to do so, as I believe competing would have provided me with many valuable lessons which I have missed out on.
I believe BJJ is healthy in many ways – for me, I am gaining new skills all the time from my teachers, which keeps me interested on my path. I feel calm, contented and healthier in body and particularly, mind. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has become a lifestyle which extends way beyond my weekly training sessions – it’s 24/7 and provides direction.
I am interested in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu belt structure and whilst enjoying the journey, also look forward to receiving my black belt one day. I believe reaching the level of black belt will be one of my life time achievements – and something that will give me a great sense of satisfaction.
If you like the sound of my ideals and share my beliefs, BJJ Lifestyle Team is likely to be the perfect place for us to practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – I would be very pleased to meet and teach you.