Let’s start out with some quick facts about you…
Age: 32 Years Old
Profession: Law Enforcement
How many years in BJJ: 2 Years
Other martial arts: Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do, Kenpo Karate
Where do you live: Chino, California
Where are you originally from: Chino, California
Other fun or curious information you'd like to share:
I enjoy running and working out. I plan to run my second Baker 2 Vegas Run this year. During last year’s event, I ran 7.7 miles in 54 minutes.
Tell us what inspired you to train?
Working in law enforcement, I have been in situations where I have had to use a variety of “Use of Force” techniques in my career. Prior to BJJ, I have never trained much on ground fighting/ grappling, which most fights or physical altercations end up. After signing up for BJJ, I realized that I enjoy this martial art and plan to compete.
What are the things you enjoy about BJJ?
What I enjoy about BJJ are the techniques used to submit the opponent. BJJ has taught me to use leverage and technique over strength. It has also taught me to remain calm in situations where I am vulnerable. Patience is one of the key points to the BJJ experience.
Can you give us some examples of experiences you had that makes it worth training?
BJJ helps me clear my head. It is worth training after a long stressful day in the office or out in the field. BJJ is a stress reliever and it gives me something to look forward to after work. It is also worth training when you are surrounded with a good group of people. It is definitely worth training when you have an awesome professor like Professor JP and Coach Kim. People with positive influences set a positive vibe in the academy and it makes training enjoyable.
What has so far been the most surprising experience for you when Training?
When I first started BJJ, I rolled with a skinny 15-year old kid. I relied on pure strength, while he utilized techniques. This kid was able to submit me. Even though I was frustrated because of my defeat, I was even more determined to become a better BJJ practitioner. Over time, I learned how to defend myself better as I attended class.
If you were to pass on training advice to your fellow training partners, what would it be?
BJJ is a lifelong journey. Do not rush to the next level or compare yourself to others. Enjoy the art by showing up to class and enjoy training. Be humble and learn from your mistakes. It is better to make mistakes in the academy, than to make mistakes when your life depends on it.