Tim's Jiu-Jitsu Story

Tim grew up in Columbia, MD right outside of Baltimore. Growing up Tim played several sports and had aspirations of becoming a professional football player.

After making the football team his freshman year of high school his coach proclaimed to him and the rest of the team that he was too slow and too weak to ever start on varsity, let alone on a pro team. Also during this time he suffered constant bullying and hazing. This made him determined to learn how to defend himself and never be victimized again.

The Mushmaster as he would be later called  spent a year and a half training karate, then one faithful day Tim saw the first season of The Ultimate Fighter. He was amazed by how all the competitors feared Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belts. He went on google and searched for the nearest BJJ gym and happened to find Crazy 88 MMA. Ever since that day Tim has represented Crazy 88/Team Lloyd Irvin. 

Over the course of his career Tim has won several Grand Slam titles in both Gi and No-Gi many of which were while he was a full-time student at St. John's University. From 2008 to 2012 he spent most of the year in New York getting his bachelor's degree in Sociology. When he wasn't studying he was doing conditioning, watching film, and traveling across the world competing. 

In 2013 while preparing for the Brazilian Nationals, Tim fell on top a teammate while finishing a take down. He felt immediate pain in his abdomen but thought it was nothing serious. However, it ended up being a ruptured colon which required emergency surgery. This life threatening injury ended his season and put his career in jeopardy. Then next year Tim went through a tear at Brown Belt winning Pans and World titles and defeating Black Belt world champions. And on June 4, 2014 he received his Black Belt from Master Lloyd Irvin.

Currently, Tim is a full-time athlete and coach. He hoffers private lessons, virtual coaching, and seminars for the Jiu-Jitsu community. In addition, Tim competes in all the major competitions and promotions (IBJJF, ADCC, Fight2Win etc.) 


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