About Me: A BJJ Blogger

Hi, I’m Ruben; a Purple Belt Brown Belt, Writer, Gamer, Web Designer, and Digital Marketing dude.  Just like you, I am many things to many people, I’m pretty much just an ordinary person.

In addition to writing for this BJJ Blog:  I also have contributed to Jiu-Jitsu Magazine, and maintain all things web for my BJJ Academy.

To me, biographies/about pages are very peculiar things.  It does not come naturally to me to speak about… me.  If I am being honest, it causes me discomfort.  But, we must have an about page amirite?  So, here I am talking about me, to you, even though it feels alien and douchey.  I give you my word, I am not as pompous or self-important as this page may, unfortunately, portray me to be.  So, never hesitate to introduce yourself to me if you happen to see me out and about, okay?  I’m alright.  I promise.

My goal with this bjj blog is to share my experiences and, through them, hope to give you something unique and of value.

So sit back, relax, grab a cup of coffee/tea and join me.

Keep Calm and stall to victory, LOL.

My Grappling Story

I trained in the art of Jiu-Jitsu for the very first time in the spring of 2007.  I started out training only twice a week at a local martial arts school.  As a white belt the grappling program I was in, only offered two days a week.  In addition, at the time, I was much more interested in resistance training (lifting weights) and creating my physique (body building).  Thus, most of the time, I only trained once a week.  I was able to climb the ranks to blue belt in a very short time probably due the quality of instruction I was receiving.  I did not compete as a white belt (still regretting that today), and I have never been an outstanding athlete.  In fact, I was a pretty mediocre athlete in high school (and a small high school at that).  After receiving my blue belt, I was walked away from BJJ due to some injuries, academic priorities, and professional obligations.  I made the return to BJJ in January of 2012.  Ultimately, I was interested in expressing myself through the martial art of Jiu-Jitsu and having as much fun as possible while doing it.

My Lineage (Because it Matters to Some People)

Mitsuyo MaedaCarlos Gracie Reyson Gracie > Osvaldo Alves > Fabrício Martins > Ricardo Reis > Cassio Werneck > Marcos Torregrosa > Me

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I like this picture even though I am in it.

It was never my intent to become an active competitor.  Instead, I saw bjj competition as an opportunity to do the things that I really wanted to do: travel, achieve elite level fitness, and learn a martial art.

Since then I’ve learned a bit about Jiu-Jitsu, the strategies required to become successful, and the art, science, and practice of: grappling.

On the podium with my instructor showing our medals. At the 2012 IBJJF Phoenix Open, my first tournament ever.

You are probably one as well (at least I’d assume so if you are reading this blog)!  My guess is that you’re either one today or you want to be one someday (perhaps very soon).

Team Up With Me Through Your Journey


First purple tourney. 🙂

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My ideal audience, truth be told, would be people starting to get into jiu-jitsu.  That encompasses anyone doing a google search for local jiu-jitsu academies in their area as well as the blue belt who is well on his way to attain his purple belt.  So join me!  We’ll have a lot of fun, hopefully.  With any luck, maybe I’ll write something that you can connect with.  If you have ever asked yourself:

..You’re at the RIGHT place!  I don’t believe in spam, in fact I HATE other blogs that spam you on social media sites or email.  I also hate when other blogs talk about the same things everyone else is talking about.  We don’t need to read the exact same content on 3-6 different websites.  So, I invite you to find a way to remain updated on this blog that suits you.

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