Jiu Jitsu is a life long journey, mine started in 2005 in Phoenix, AZ.  At the time I had just finished playing two years of Junior College Basketball and had just moved to Arizona.  I was working at Red Lobster while searching for what I wanted to do with my life.  One day a fellow server, Ray Elbe, told me that he was professional fighter and that I should go check out his gym.  I had been in some street fights and faired pretty well so I imagined I would go and be just fine.  After taking a beating and realizing how technical fighting is I felt that this would be a great hobby to fill the void of competition that was left after basketball. A hobby soon became and obsession and a passion.

I first started training at Arizona Center of Mixed Martial Arts under Elbe and the late Marc Zee.  I felt that Muay Thai kickboxing would be what really interest me, then I would take some Jiu Jitsu classes as well.  After about six months of training I found myself incredibly hungry to learn more Jiu Jitsu.  In 2006 I was awarded my Blue Belt.

At the Blue Belt level I felt I knew so much about Jiu Jitsu.  I started traveling and checking out a Lotus Club School, Siege MMA, out west of Phoenix.  I had been a Blue Belt for around two years, I felt I was ready for my Purple.  About that time Professor Ricardo Zanelato had came out from Brazil to teach at Siege MMA, I soon realized how little I knew.  I switched full time to Siege MMA under the tutelage of Zanelato and my Jiu Jitsu began to grow rapidly. In 2009 I received my Purple Belt from then Lotus Club Black Belt Juliano Prado.

As a Purple Belt I started teaching classes when needed and learned the value of teaching others.  I realized how difficult is was to break down Jiu Jitsu movements and then to teach it to others.  I spent most of my Purple Belt studying and teaching.  In late 2010 I received my Brown Belt from Professor Giva Santana.  I am very blessed to train under Santana, he is a 4th Degree Black Belt with some of the best Jiu Jitsu in the world.  After receiving my Brown Belt I took an opportunity to teach at the World Renowned Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket, Thailand.  The opportunity was given to me by the same person who had got me into Jiu Jitsu, Ray Elbe.  The experience was amazing, and my Jiu Jitsu and MMA game grew dramatically.  While at Tiger I was able to implement a GI Jiu Jitsu program at their school and was one of the first to teach GI Jiu Jitsu in Phuket.  The experience gave me a new appreciation and respect for all that Jiu Jitsu does for me.  I was also able to train traditional Muay Thai and learn the history and traditions.

December 8, 2013 I was awarded my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt from Giva Santana.  Now that I am a Black Belt not much has changed as I am still thirsty to train, get better, and seek knowledge.

I am the owner and head instructor of De Boa Jiu Jitsu in Surprise, Arizona, a One Jiu Jitsu Affiliate!  Stop by, leave your problems at the door and find your Jiu Jitsu escape.