CATEGORYBJJ, BJJ Coach, Black Belt, Denver
Coach Ian Lieberman moved to Boulder from Lawrence, NJ, in 2006 to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder. Having played ice hockey competitively for 17 years and having suffered a knee injury during a collegiate game that brought a halt to his hockey career, Ian needed something to fill the void. He found everything he was looking for and much more when he started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2006 with Amal Easton and his world-class instructors.
Aside from the fact that BJJ provides an incredible workout, Ian was especially drawn to the cerebral aspect of the art. Being a chess enthusiast, he was immediately enticed by both the strategic and tactical similarities and elements that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is well known for.
For the past eight years, Ian has spent thousands of hours on the mat attempting to hone and fine tune his technique along with his close friends and primary training partners Brian Carlsen, James Strater-Smith and Mike Tousignant. Without them, and the help of his teachers, he acknowledges that this wouldn’t have been possible.
Ian also has a younger brother who is a monster purple belt who trains in Boulder, and a younger sister who lives in Berlin, Germany. Both of his parents still reside in New Jersey, and have been extremely supportive of his decision to pursue BJJ.
Ian can be found on the mats daily, and is always willing and eager to answer questions. His life has been greatly enriched by his mentors and students, and giving back to them is his most important priority.