About Our Founder
I started training when I was 20 in Philadelphia back in 2008. After just one class I got bit by “the bug” and haven’t stopped since. I immediately adjusted my life to revolve around jiu-jitsu and never looked back. With just two weeks of training, I entered my first tournament. I got destroyed but knew I wanted to be a competitor. Back then things were a lot different, we didn’t have 14 IBJJF events every weekend, and the internet wasn’t spoiling the community with world-class techniques, I just spent as much time on the mat as I could.
Looking back, I would give some shortcut advice to my inexperienced self. Conversations about how important the correct environment is to thrive, how to efficiently create goals, what I should and shouldn’t be drilling, knowing the difference between techniques that work on people who aren’t so great and concepts that are realistic at the highest level, the list goes on. I progressed quickly according to the standard back then, but it took years to make certain changes that I didn’t even know were necessary. I have spent over a decade delivering that information and data to practitioners all over the world from top tier elite competitive academies to your run of the mill out in the middle of no where hobbyist gym.
When I left home, I told myself that if I wanted to be the best I had to train with the best, that started my journey that eventually lead me to Atos in San Diego. Before I arrived in California, I spent a year under Cyborg at Fight Sports in Miami representing the Avengers, and three years in Las Vegas with Robert Drysdale. I competed consistently in my white, blue, and purple belt and had won some events but none that I truly valued, this left me feeling like a failure and often questioned my decision to be a full-time competitor that wasn’t winning until one day I woke up and everything was different.
I changed my mindset/point of view on everything related to jiu-jitsu and restructured everything connected to it from the ground up. As soon as I did that and implemented those necessary changes, I noticed a night and day difference in training, teaching, and competing that I refined and have shared successfully with hundreds of athletes and practitioners.
The Next Chapter: The Academy
During discussions about my transition to San Diego to join Atos HQ as a competitor, Andre asked me to also teach at the academy. Becoming a head instructor, Galvao trusted me with the students allowing me full freedom in leading how I saw fit. This environment was and still is the most accomplished academy location thus far in competitive jiu jitsu.
After spending almost 4 years at Atos, I decided to head back east to start my own academy and build my affiliation. Fast forward to the present time and I now lead Logic HQ in Philadelphia and lead the Logic affiliation that has over 20 affiliates worldwide, all while traveling consistently teaching seminars internationally.