I am a Midland, Mi native who started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in September of 2007, I have 100+ competition wins and am the coach and instructor for Palm Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I have traveled the country and trained with the best practitioners and coaches in the world to hone my practical and coaching abilities. I bring the best and most current training modalities to my students. In addition to my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training I am an LLMSW and professional therapist with specialized training in cognitive behavioral therapy from the Beck Institute. Through the combination of my BJJ and therapeutic training I have designed a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program that meets the broad array of needs for individuals seeking martial art’s training.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art that was brought to fame by Royce Gracie in the early Ultimate Fighting Championships where Royce Gracie took on competitors from various martial arts
back-grounds who were all much larger than him. Royce Gracie defeated all his adversaries and put an exclamation point on the effectiveness of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu showing that leverage and
technique could defeat size, speed and strength. Jiu Jitsu is a martial art that can be used effectively by any man women or child despite their size or athletic ability making it the most
effective martial art in the world.
In ancient Rome the Palm was the symbol for victory and success. It would be presented to generals who made military conquests, athletes who won sporting events, and even lawyers who had success
in the courtroom. Eventually the Palm became the symbol that united Christians who were being persecuted in the early first century showing them that no matter what obstacles got in their way
they could overcome and succeed. It is our goal to strengthen the mind, body and spirit of all members so that they can have the strength and confidence to pursue and achieve their goals,
whether they are on the mat, in the classroom, or in the job place.