JIU JITSU AND THE BMX MINDSET
Three BMX riders. Three lifelong Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners. A quick look at how BJJ affected the lives and careers of this squad of athletes.
Started BMX at age 4.
Started BJJ at age 4.
Currently Orange Belt in BJJ
“BMX and Jiu Jitsu both have a deep connection with each other mentally and physically - body control, timing, and mental preparation.”
Started racing BMX at age 4.
Won the Blue Belt World Championships in BJJ at 16 years old.
Owns Transition Jiu Jitsu in Santa Barbara California.
“I struggled a little bit with mental health after some serious head injuries. I started training jiu jitsu everyday and it truly saved my life.”
“Jiu Jitsu and BMX go together perfectly. You have to have a certain kind of motivation to wanto to wake up everyday and dedicate yourself to doing something so risky.”
Started riding BMX in 1985
Rode professionally from 1996-2007
One of the original Shadow Conspiracy Pro Riders.
“I started training Jiu Jitsu in 2009. Jiu Jitsu filled a void I felt after stepping down from being a professional rider. It gave me a place to be competitive, focused, and creative.”