I have trained in various martial arts most of my life, but none of them hold such a place in my heart as jiu-jitsu. Since studying BJJ, I have found a vehicle to understanding life around me better. I see the technique in everything now, and strive to do things more technically, more efficiently. Life is precious, and so much time and effort is wasted, leading to feelings of regret and remorse. So, when something comes along that helps you appreciate and make the most out of life, you treasure it and refine it as an art. This is what jiu-jitsu means to me.
I don't expect that everyone will feel the same about training. For different people, different activities and arts may be more aptly suited, but for those I can reach with jiu-jitsu, I will spread the word and the beauty of it as best I am able. I believe in showing not only the movements and techniques, but the underlying principles and theory in my best effort to convey a wholistic approach to training. It's the journey that counts, and I want those I help on that journey to get the most benefit out of it. My approach is to get individuals immersed into jiu-jitsu, through showing the techniques and principles and helping them find their way of making jiu-jitsu their own. Helio Gracie, the co-creator of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, is often credited with modifying traditional jiu-jitsu and thereby making it better. I believe what he did goes even further, in that he actually made traditional jiu-jitsu modifiable. He made it so that everyone could learn this beautiful system of self-defense. Helio stands as an example of personal refinement through jiu-jitsu, and it is my honor to train under his son and my mentor Royce Gracie. I am passionate about jiu-jitsu, and I do my best to put this passion to work in every lesson I teach, whether to the elementary school girl with a bully problem, or the seasoned athlete preparing for his MMA fight. I have the knowledge and experience to customize the training for maximum benefit to the individual. I believe, as Helio Gracie believed, that if everyone knows jiu-jitsu, the world will be a better place.