What year did you start training?
How did you get started?
Some teammates from my college rugby team had formed a Jiu-Jitsu club that met once a week. It was a lot of fun and there was a notable carryover of skill from rugby to Jiu Jitsu. I continued to play rugby full time and dabble in Jiu Jitsu throughout college. A few years later after training Jiu Jitsu more formally, I explained to my Jiu Jitsu coach that I needed to take time off for the whole spring season in order to focus on rugby. I’ll never forget what he told me: “Just don’t quit”.
After that season had finished, I went back to Jiu Jitsu and have been consistently training ever since.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve encountered in your training, and how did you overcome it?
Going to physical therapy school was quite an obstacle to maintaining consistent training. I managed to squeeze in partial training sessions during weekday lunch breaks by doing the technique/drilling portion of class for 40 minutes and would head back to school afterwards. Then I would attend the full class on Saturday mornings. This structure enabled me to progress in skill and keep a level head on my shoulders during PT school.
What’s your favorite thing about training/teaching, and why?
Live training is so engaging that it removes the possibility of daydreaming and it calms my mind by cutting all out the internal mental chit-chat. To me, it’s also an art of self expression through movement.
What are your personal goals on and off the mat?
I want to be involved in Jiu Jitsu as a lifelong endeavor. That means cultivating a training method that is sustainable so the body doesn’t get worn out, and so the mind does not get bored either. Off the mat I have aspirations of entrepreneurship in my professional field.
What’s something people might be surprised to learn about you?
In my spare time I work as a Doctor of Physical Therapy, and I also enjoy the study the philosophy of mind and as a hobby.