Like many of the martial
artists of my generation, I was inspired in the early stages by
Bruce Lee. When I was thirteen, I began studying taekwondo, and
continued to practice that art for nearly 8 years, attaining a second
degree black belt. A few years after beginning TKD, I met a friend
who practiced Isshinryu Karate, so I studied that for about six
months after that. Then I happened to see the Ultimate
Fighting Championship, and from watching Royce Gracie I was inspired to learn grappling.
Because my taekwondo school also offered judo, I got my start in
grappling with judo which I stuck with for 2 years. After that I
got my start in Brazilian jiujitsu, training off and on. I also
played around in boxing as well, at Knoxville's Golden Gloves Gym.
In Japan I trained at a muay thai gym in Shinjuku
for my first year, then switched to a Brazilian Jiujitsu/Muay
Thai gym called Crosspoint.
I also trained with my university's shooto
Upon returning to the US, I found Knoxville
Brazilian Jiujitsu in Knoxville, TN. I trained there for about a
year until I graduated college and moved to Atlanta. I'm still training
in Brazilian Jiujitsu at Alliance
Martial Arts in Atlanta. I received my blue belt in December of