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K Train

I haven’t been writing many blogs lately as I am waiting to update some of the visuals and logos on my blog, but I had to make an exception today.

I want to wish everyone a Happy Veterans day and thank you all for your service.  Our Military Men and Women sacrifice so much for us to live in this great country.  With all the turmoil going on over the Presidential race, political chaos, and social equality issues, I can’t help to be optimistic.  I witness my students everyday serving their country and know that their sacrifice should always give us hope and optimism,  plus no matter what God always sits in the thrown.

I’d like to recognize a couple of my students for their service.  We just welcomed back Staff Sergeant Clemente Fernandez back from his recent tour in Afghanistan.  Clem is one of my Blue Belts, he works hard, he’s a great teammate, and intrical part of De Boa.  He got orders to serve six months in Afghanistan, he had to leave Sam (3 Stripe White Belt) and baby Clem (Cinco) behind as he went to work.  It’s awesome to have the family back, and again thank you!

Last week was a hard week for me personally as well as for my team.  We had to say see you later to one of my Brown Belts, Staff Sergeant Keli Manglona.  Keli will be serving in Korea for the next year for the United States Air Force.  Keli has been a huge part of growing a great team here at De Boa and also pushing me to become better daily.  Losing Keli is tough, I lose one of best training partners, a lead by example competitor, a “nurturing” Coach, a great personality, and mostly a friend.  I know that Keli is going to grow as a person and a martial artist as he takes on this next step in his life, I am proud to call him one of my students.  Let this be a warning to everyone in Southeast Asia, the K Train is coming move out the way.  Proud of you my bro, and thanks for you service.  Keli’s wife, Staff Sergeant Kaila Manglona (2 Stripe White Belt) will be holding down the fort while Keli is away.  She will be managing pregnancy, watching their kid’s (Anella and Manase, sorry probably butchered the spelling), serving this Country, and hopefully back on the mats in about 8 months.  Let us know if there is anything we can do to help out.

I opened De Boa in Surprise, AZ with no idea how much Luke Air Force Base with play a role in the gym.  From day one I had Keli and others from the base that made De Boa their home.  It has helped bring a culture of a team that is willing to sacrifice for each other, help one another, and be a second family.  Blessed to have you all, enjoy your day!

Fight to Win 12

Last Saturday I had the opportunity to compete in my first Professional Jiu Jitsu match at Fight To Win 12 in Scottsdale.  I had a tough super match against Bellator Vet BJJ Black Belt Beau Tribolet, Beau was extremely strong and hard to get anything on.  The match ended up going to refs decision which I won by unanimous victory.  I’m not real happy with my performance and wish I would have opened up my game more.  I feel like I was a victim of over game planning, and learned a valuable lesson.  All week prior to the match I was dealing with some serious back pain, so I planned to play butterfly guard to avoid being stacked and visualized loop choking him for the victory.  I came close on several loop chokes but sometimes sacrificed other opportunities to try the loop choke again.

Tournaments are great for learning!  I personally do not enjoy the nerves going into the tournament.  I feel the extra pressure of having all my students watching me compete, I feel the risk of injury, and I’m not always a huge fan.  That being said I just signed up for the Southwest Classic next weekend and the NABJJF Nationals a week later, I can’t pass up the opportunity for growth.

I want to give a shout out to my team, friends and family for coming out and supporting me at my Fight to Win match.  I think I had the biggest crowd of the event, it made it extra special and I can’t thank everyone enough for the support.  Thanks to Seth Daniels and the rest of the Fight to Win crew.  The event was awesome!  They were organized, focused on the Jiu Jitsu, and paid the fighters with no hassle.  I highly recommend attending their events and if you get a chance to compete, do it, I hope I can again someday.

Thanks to my sponsors E Nois Clothing, OSS Arizona, Performance Glass AZ and Apex Competition team.

Weekend with Giva

This past weekend is one I will remember for the rest of my life! Friday night I drove down to Phoenix Sky Harbor to pick up my Jiu Jitsu Master, Giva Santana. Saturday he conducted a seminar at De Boa, armbars, lapel guards, passing the leg lasso, and some sneaky subs. Some great details on positions that I already currently use, it was fun to watch my students learn from my Professor.

Sunday I re-took the seminar down at Siege MMA, I was able to pick up even more details the second time around. The seminars were great, but the time I got to spend talking and learning from Giva was amazing.

As a Instructor (Professor) I sink so much into my students, I watch them go through highs and lows, good times and bad, and struggles and breakthroughs, one of the best times is watching them reach their next goal or belt. I have the privilege of awarding a few stripes, congrats Brandon (Purple 2 stripes) and Gene (Brown 3 stripes). I also got to tie a new belt around six of my students.

It was a great honor to present my wife a Brown Belt, I’m so proud of her. She works a full time job, she is a mom, a G ;), a kids and womens instructor, a daughter, a leader and the best wife a Jiu Jitsu Bum could ask for. I have watched her grow in life and Jiu Jitsu over the past five and half years and look forward to seeing what this new challenge holds for her. Proud of you, love you babe!

It’s always important for me to stay hungry and continuing to progress and learn so that I can help my students do the same. I have one student that it isn’t always about progressing and learning when I roll with him, it’s more so he doesn’t kill the bad guy. I’m going to miss Keli when he leaves to serve a year in Korea for the United States Air Force. He pushes me constantly to get better, I admire his fire and have no doubt he is going to keep it going while oversees. After about five years as a purple belt it was awesome to see him reach Brown Belt, proud of you bro!

Jiu Jitsu builds more than just modern day super heroes, it’s build camaraderie and friendships to last a lifetime. I went through one of the most challenging years of my life a couple years back, it was great to draw on one of those friendships to get through. I was fortunate to award my friend Will Walsh his Brown Belt Sunday. Will had a neck injury that nearly sidelined his Jiu Jitsu career for life, after months of physical therapy he was cleared to continue. I’ve watched him battle back from injury and become a monster on the mat and an amazing friend off the mat to so many people, including myself. He also is a phenomenal instructor in our BJJ Basic Class, I’m proud to award him his Brown.

I met Andy when he was an undercover white belt, he started training some time in the 70’s, got his blue belt, then quit to participate in Woodstock, then came back a white belt (facts of this story may not be correct). He earned his Blue Belt twice, put in work to get his purple and then made huge changes to take the next step to brown. I watched Andy push himself to compete and grow and become integral part of De Boa. His passion for ours kids program does not go unnoticed, I’m proud of you and congrats on your brown belt.

I also want to give a shout out to some guys that do not train under me anymore but our apart of my Jiu Jitsu family. Congratulations to Joe Gomez on earning your Brown Belt, you the man Joe Go! Kent “smokey” Stonebraker started training about the same time as me, after some long breaks it’s awesome to see him get his Brown! Noah Briggs was a long time attender of my morning class when I taught at Siege, It has been great to watch you grow and earn your Brown Belt.

Destiny Adviento has been teaching our kids program and pushing all our smaller students to get better since we opened. The future is bright for this young lady, can’t wait to see you tear it up as Purple Belt!

Congratulations to Delfina Crow on earning her Blue Belt! A full time employee and full time mom and somehow fits in Jiu Jitsu and represents hard work and determination. Blue Belt is not the time to slack, get in, get better, congrats!

This Promotion had so many highlights but definetely a main event, I want to congratulate my boy Claudio Rios on earning his Black Belt! Claudio has been an amazing training partner and friend since 2010. He is a great example what a student should be, he works hard and sets the tone in the whole gym. Man Black Belt, so awesome!

The Belt Promotion ended with my boys Jesus Jose, Andrew Brittin, and myself receiving our first degrees on our Black Belts! I can’t believe it has almost been three years, I have learned a lot and will continue to grow. Thank you so much Master Giva Santana for you guidance and knowledge, much respect!

Masters Worlds Anniversary

Tomorrow I leave for Masters Worlds in Vegas to compete on Thursday. I have 42 guys in my division, I’m ready to go! My Professor, Giva Santana, competes on Friday and then De Boa Purple Belts, Leslie, Will, Brandon, Doc and Andy compete on Saturday.

Yesterday my wife and I celebrated our two year anniversary at the gym teaching class. We figure we will make the Vegas trip to Worlds our official celebration. I’m pretty lucky to have a wife that agrees the best gifts to each other is going out of town for a Jiu Jitsu Competition.

Thanks to all my team for getting me ready and OSS Physical Therapy for putting my body back together to compete. Count down to five wins for the Gold! It’s going to be a great weekend for De Boa Jiu Jitsu/ One Jiu Jitsu.

Big Phil

It’s always a great honor for me to reward a student for all their hard work with a new belt. Last night Phil Hinkel earned his Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I met Phil about five years ago when I was teaching at Siege MMA. At the time Phil trained for over a year before hanging up his belt to focus on Med School, he moved out west and I heard from him rarely. When we opened up De Boa in Surprise it was awesome to see an old student ready to give Jiu Jitsu another run. He has been back at it for over a year, his growth in his game has been huge.

I think people that are successful in their career sometimes have the most difficult time accepting the frustrations and ups and down of Jiu Jitsu. There is no easy button in Jiu Jitsu, there is only the “Don’t Quit” button. Proud of you Phil. OSS