Athlete School / Affiliation: Gracie Barra Knoxville
Athlete current rank: Purple
Athlete’s Professor: Samuel Braga
How did you get started training Jiu-Jitsu and how long ago was that?
I got started in 2007 when I was 17 years old primarily no gi. I saw a sign that simply read Jiu Jitsu with a phone number so I had my mom call and I was training the very next day.
What drives you in your Jiu-Jitsu life? What makes you want to get up in the morning and go train?
I have certain goals I want to achieve while I am young and able. Other than that I love Jiu-Jitsu with a passion. I love working hard I love everything attached to Jiu-Jitsu and how it has shaped and formed my life.
If there was one thing you would change about your Jiu-Jitsu, what would it be?
I am happy with my Jiu-Jjitsu thus far but if I could change one thing is that I would have liked to be training at my current academy sooner. Not bashing my old academy but I have really learned a lot and could be a lot closer to where I want to be if I would have made the move a lot earlier in my career.
If there was one thing you would change about your life, or the world in general, what would it be?
Nothing, I am very happy with everything that is going on in my life right now. I couldn’t ask for a better team, girlfriend, or family. (*editor’s note – use the code: “Logan10” to get 10% off in our store at www.yolobjj.com )
Do you have a favorite memory about Jiu-Jitsu you would like to share? Perhaps a couple?
At the time when I was a blue belt I beat a black belt in a tournament which looking back at it now is honestly no big deal but it was pretty cool at the time.
At another tournament my brother was in the finals of his division as a blue belt and he ended up losing. At this particular tournament all division winners no matter weight or rank got thrown into an open division for a cash prize. I got the chance to avenge my brother’s loss, my whole team was watching so I went crazy with this kid. I was up 17-0 and ended up finishing the guy in a bow and arrow with 30 seconds left. I looked at my brother and winked.
What thing about Jiu-Jitsu brings you the most joy? What sets it apart from other things you enjoy?
I love the grind and I love training and competing. I love pushing myself and me and my brother thrive when were dead tired and look like a train has hit us. That’s when we love to push through and take it to a level where not a lot of people like to be. Ask anyone of our training partners and they will probably tell you the same thing. Being stupid helps!
How would you categorize your BJJ Style?
I like to pride myself on being well rounded. I would say I have a pretty cool mix when it comes to my guard. I like closed guard and old school techniques but I also mix a lot of new school techniques as well making it tough to really nail me down and figure my game out.
If you could spend 6 months training with anyone in the world who would it be?
I have spent time at top academies in North America and in my opinion Gracie Barra Knoxville is the place I have felt the happiest. I moved 2 hours away to Knoxville to train full time under Samuel Braga. I could have gone anywhere but the environment and quality of time dedicated to drilling techniques is what really sold me. On top of that Samuel is an awesome coach that pushes us hard and also one of mine and my brother’s best friends. I have never seen such an assortment of different personalities together under one roof in my life which makes everyday fun as possible but we know when to switch and work hard “GBknox” style.
What are your goals in Jiu-jitsu? In Life? Are the two connected?
My major goal right now in Jiu-Jitsu is to become a world champion under Samuel Braga. I would like to eventually open up an academy with Samuel because I love to help people and let them in on this Jiu-Jitsu journey. Being a world champion would certainly help when opening up an academy but I don’t think it’s a make or break.