A lot of changes since we spoke with you last, you’re starting a new team? Tell us about that.
Yes, the vision and approach unfortunately could not be done or executed at the old team. Due to this conflict the best decision was to move on and create something fresh, modern and effective.
What will be the focus of the new team? What strengths do you want your fighters known for?
We will still support competitors. My first competition was at 13 years old and I truly believe in the benefits of it for anyone, however, we want to organize the team where we do offer more support and opportunity for the school owners.
Gyms need to be much more organized and effective, and I believe in the system I created. Myself and our three other academies are very excited about the future!
What is the biggest learning lesson you’ve had from the process of starting a new team?
Team isn’t never made of or about one person.
Will we see you on the competition scene in the future?
Yes definitely! Now more than ever I want to represent our new flag!
What is the most challenging aspect of being a coach?
Been a competitive athlete at the same time, teaching and training at the same time. But I honestly love both so much. Although it isn't easy, I do get pleasure from coaching and training.
You also became a father last year! What’s that been like juggling your responsibilities as a dad and the head of a new organization?
It’s been great, the baby honestly helps take my mind off of work. I am already thinking 24/6 about the company and the future of us all. So to save a day to stay with the baby is honestly the best!
If you could give your white belt self one piece of advice, what would it be?
Don't give up, don’t over-think and always stick with the technique.