One of the key things I have taken from BJJ and its lifestyle is not just the combative art and the fighting but the willingness to help others and change lives. When I opened Lock Down Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu one of my hopes and dreams was to contribute in some way in helping make the world a better place – if even in a small way. My dream was to create a place that people could call home and a place where everyone was family. As a lifelong martial artist, my dream was to share my greatest passion in life, to touch lives and to inspire positive change and hopefully to make dreams happen for others.
Since its inception, Lock Down Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has grown into a wonderful family of lifelong friends. Together – students, instructors, fighters, champions, and staff – we push each other to become better, we challenge each other to grow, and we inspire each other to be the best that we can be – mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We are from all parts of the globe, we are from all occupations pilots, students, laborers, office managers, truck drivers, police officers, firefighters, cleaners, investment professionals, salespeople, entrepreneurs, accountants, and so much more. We are old, young, fit, not-so-fit, and everything in between. We are all different. We are all extraordinary, we are all unique, yet we are all one.
Of all that I have done in my BJJ career so far, titles, world championships, etc. What I am most proud of is Lock Down Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and not its business success but the fact that it is what I dreamed it to be. It has become that special, wonderful place where everyone is family. All of you inspire me every day to become the best person that I can be. I only hope that being part of Lock Down Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has helped you too, in some small way, to become all that you can be in life.