Tell us something about you!
I grew up in Peterborough for almost all of my life. I’m an electrician by trade and work a day job, an I am also an entrepreneur with an action sports clothing brand I’ve just recently launched called ExSess Apparel. I’m into fun stuff that gives me a rush: action sports like Wakeboarding, skateboarding,snowboarding, BMX, surf and whatever else I can get into.
When did you start training?
I started training just over six years ago, at the tender age of 39.
What is your favorite memory? Jiu-Jitsu and/or Civilian Life
Probably the time I was fortunate enough to spend a week in Cali with my friend Joshua, training at 10th planet San Diego with Boogey, going to a Renato Laranga seminar at 10P HQ, and attending EBI 4 live. I wish I could pack up everyone I train with and take them there and let them experience all that. I love California.
So why Jiu Jitsu?
Before I tried Jiu Jitsu I was feeling pretty confident as a martial artist. Only after experiencing the art first-hand did I realize how ineffective a lot of the traditional martial arts techniques are in a real-life scenario. I spent so much time mastering whirling/flying techniques, only to find out I was essentially defenseless if taken to the ground. Originally I just wanted to get back in shape but now I have grown to love and respect this art for the extremely technical aspects of it, as well as the physical and mental conditioning it offers. I find it all extremely therapeutic. Even on the worst day, after a couple hours in the mats you walk away clear headed and de-stressed. Plus an important thing to me is that the quality is self-policed by having restrictions on belt levels, depending on age. That helps ensure we won’t see a bunch of eight year olds running around with black belts. To me, a BJJ belt rank means something significant.
What do you think the strongest part of your Jiu Jitsu game is? What is your favorite or go to moves?
I’m pretty consistent with any Darce-based choke. I also love rubber guard and the many paths it offers. I like to always try to stay on top but if I am forced to play off my back I will typically utilize 10th planet game.
What advice would you give to someone just getting starting in Jiu Jitsu?
The same thing professor Marco Costa told me in year one: “Learn to be comfortable in uncomfortable positions.”
Also, be patient with your progress and be willing to do the same movement over and over and over again.
And keep coming back.