A little about me:
I grew up in Bakersfield, CA. Started training in Judo when I was about 4 years old with my father. I started competing when I turned 6. I competed all over the US in every tournament I could get to. My father would not only make me compete at my weight, but he would make me fight at the next weight up. I won a few junior national championships, then Highschool nationals, and went on to win the National Ladder in 1996. Throughout my career I have been to Japan twice, and competed there as well. During my training I moved to Fresno and joined the Fresno State Judo team. I was number 6 in the US at the end of 1996.
In 1997 I moved to the Bay Area and joined the Ralph Gracie JiuJitsu Team. This is where my ground skills really took off. I received my blue belt in two months of training from Cesar and Ralph Gracie. At first I did not do so well. I went to the Nationals in 1997 and lost a very close match by points. I was very determind to come back and win the next year. I trained very hard for the competition in 1998. I won the Joe Moreira Nationals in 1998, tapping everyone in my weight division Including Tyrone Glover (had to put that in cause he beat me two times after!) and then moving on to the Absolute. I took 2nd in the Absolute divisoin only losing by two points to a very big guy. About two months later was the US Open in Santa Cruz. I tapped out everyone in my weight division including the final match which was only 14sec. (video was added to my highlight video). The next day I fought in the Absolute division and again tapping everyone including Genki Sudo for the win (this video is also in my highlight video).
After the US Open I continued training very hard and was hoping to get my purple belt. I kept on training for another two months and still did not get promoted. To be honest, I was very upset about this and decided to quit. I know, stupid me. I took an entire year off. Not touching Judo or Jiujitsu for a whole year until the next US Open. I won my weight division, but did not tap everyone and then lost in the Absolute, another close match. I broke my rib that match…
I regret quiting and will never do it again. I stuck with it after I came back. It took me two months to get back into shape. It was a very hard thing to do. I finally got my purple from Ralph Gracie. Winning a couple of purple belt matches here and there, but losing to Tyrone at the Ralph Gracie tourny back in the day. In all of my competitions, Tryone has been one of my hardest opponents. I am proud to say that I have only been tapped out about 5 times throughout my jiujitsu career.
The jobs got rough in the bay area and I had to move away. I am now in Bakersfield where I teach and train at my own Academy. I have done a couple of cage fights and really don’t know if I will do anymore. I got my Black Belt in jiujitsu at the end of 2005. I was already a 3rd degree black in Judo and having both black belts was my best accomplishment. I love my family and care about my friends. I love to have fun, but know when to be serious. I am more then happy to teach anyone and I don’t hold back.
Just about everyone at the Ralph Gracie’s had a nickname. It took me a while before someone gave me one.
This is actually where I got my nickname, “ARMHUNTER”. I was training hard with a friend of mine, getting ready for the JiuJitsu Nationals. During one of our training sessions I armlocked him a few times, he turned to me and said,”Dang, its like you’re hunting the arm.” Then he said, “That is what we should call you, Armhunter.” I love the name, infact I have won about 90% of my matches by arm bar.
Judo and JiuJitsu Competition Record
2nd 1996 US Open
1st 1997 US Open
1st 1998 JM National Jiu Jitsu Championship
2nd 1998 JM National JiuJitsu Championship Absolute division
1st 1998 US Open
1st 1998 US Open Absolute
1st 1999 US Open
2nd 2000 National Jiu Jitsu Championship
2nd 2000 US Open
3x Submision Wars Champion
3x Guerrilla JiuJitsu Grand Prix Champion (2012 – 2015)
3rd 2012 Pan American JiuJitsu Championships
1st 2013 US Open JiuJitsu Championships
1st 2014 US Open JiuJitsu Championships
1st 2015 US Open JiuJitsu Championships
2nd 2016 US Open JiuJitsu Championships
1st 1996 National Judo Ladder Championships
5x California State Champion
2xJr National Champion
4th 1995 Senior Nationals
1st 1995 Mexico Open Judo Championships
2nd 1995 Mexico Open Judo Championships 200+ lbs division
1st National High School Championships