I began training Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in 2002 while living in San Francisco, CA.
In 2004, while working on my Masters Degree at New York University, I began training at Professor Fabio Clemente’s academy on the lower east side of Manhattan. At Clemente’s academy I studied with accomplished BJJ practitioners such as Babs Olusanmokun, Lucas Lepri and Marcelo Garcia. That is also where I met my present teacher Marcos Duarte.
Additionally, I received a blue belt in Judo from Dayn and Daryn DeRose of South Mountain Martial Arts in Madison, NJ.
Over the past 16 years I have traveled extensively to study and learn various arts. I’ve spent time in Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Cuba studying under some of the best teachers of Jiu-Jitsu, Judo and boxing.
I received my yoga teaching certification (RYT200) in 2014 from Flor Yoga of Jersey City. I have found a yoga practice to be an exceptional compliment to the physical demands required by Jiu-Jitsu.
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I began my study of the martial arts in the mid 1970s at around age 5 or 6 with a private teacher. A couple of years later, I joined a traditional Japanese Karate Dojo where everything was taught in Japanese, which is where the instructors trained. I received a 2nd Degree Black Belt in that style, Koei-Kan Karate-Do. After leaving that dojo, I began studying Aikido, first with private lessons and then through a school, The Aikido Schools of NJ. I never tested there, and therefore did not receive any ranks, although I would comfortably say that I was about mid way to a Black Belt. I then began my study of Hapkido. I trained in Hapkido for many years and completed the Black Belt requirements.
Along my journey I have also trained extensively in Muay Thai Kickboxing, Western Boxing, Iron Body Kung Fu, and No Gi Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Due to my over 35 years of training (at the time) I was awarded a Fourth Degree Black Belt by the World Seisukan Ninjitsu Association, my highest rank. Today, I have been training/teaching for over 40 years. I began teaching as a volunteer in my teens for the Meadowlands YMCA. I opened my first school in a small dance studio in Carlstadt, NJ in 1992. I began my full time teaching/school ownership in 1995 in Lyndhurst, NJ. Through a couple of name and location changes, my school has now been in existence for 26 years. I also have a BA from Rutgers University, graduating with honors in 1991.