Academy: 10th Planet South Melbourne
Started BJJ: 2015
Rank: Brown Belt
I started my BJJ journey in February 2015. prior to this I had been lifting weights in the gym. Not properly you might add. Young and dumb, throwing weights around causing myself injuries. Attached to the Anytime Fitness I had joined was a chain of local level MMA gyms in Brisbane called FightCross.
With our membership we were allowed one class a week in the MMA school. I'd gotten pretty fat trying to be a power lifter and wanted to shed some of those extra kilos. I remember doing kickboxing with my brother as a teen and how brutal the training sessions were, so I went to do kickboxing. After that class the coach (Coach Chris Foster ) asked if I wanted to come back to try Jiu Jitsu the next day.
I thought he was speaking a different language honestly. He very nicely explained that it was a grappling based martial art and it revolved around submissions and controlling your opponent on the ground. Sign me the fuck up ! I can totally do all that shit........
A guy who was almost exactly half my size dominated me. Submitted me 5 times in the round. I was totally hooked!
That branch shortly afterward shut down but I had the pleasure of meeting some excellent people who I still know to the day and got to be apart of something truely special at The Grappling Club prior to its official affiliation with 10th planet becoming 10th planet Brisbane.
I left Brisbane for Melbourne in mid 2016 beginning to train with my now coach, boss and close friend Josh Pecastaing. That's when the Mysterious kettlebell god JT turning up at 10th planet Anglesea camp. After meeting JT there I started to take my recovery much more seriously.Getting into yoga and purchasing a couple of kettlebells, admittedly I have definitely not been perfect. Not by any stretch of the imagination.
I am strongly optimistic about the next part of the journey with bulletproof for BJJ . Years of trying to play small guy game in a big guy body have me battered a bruised. I know for certain i want to train for the rest of my life and look forward to being a member and getting as strong and as mobile as possible