Hi, I’m Coach JC! I’m a purple belt instructor and hobbyist under Gracie Apollo Beach. I assist with both morning and intro classes. I started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in December 2013. I was 41 looking for something fun, interesting, and challenging to get healthy and lose weight. As a high-level collegiate athlete, fitness was always a part of my life in one form or another. From my mid-thirties to age 41 I wasn’t very active, and my overall health wasn’t what it used to be, and I had gained a lot of weight. A friend, who was a purple belt at the time and teaching, told me to come to try BJJ, I did, and loved it. I trained regularly until shortly after receiving my blue belt, and then due to life changes stopped training.
At the end of 2017, we moved to Apollo Beach, and I wanted to start training again. My friend, who got me into BJJ, told me of Luis and Erin opening a gym in Apollo Beach. When Gracie Apollo Beach opened in 2018, I signed up and started training again. The three-year break made me realize how much I missed training and gave me a new outlook on my Jiu-Jitsu Journey. The gym culture cultivated by Professor Luis and Erin has been instrumental to my personal growth, my Jiu-Jitsu growth as well as the passion I have for Jiu-Jitsu; so much that my family is also starting on their own journey. Hope to see you in our intro program!