Ricardo “Ric” Centron is a purple belt under Professor Carlos Farias. He is originally from Chicago and started training out there but moved to Arizona due to work. Ric has done martial arts for the past 11 years and is a black belt in Judo.
He teaches kids and adults at an affiliate school and trains at his home academy. He has competed in Chicago open, Worlds Masters, Naga, US Grappling, and recently had a super fight at 5SL Grappling in San Diego.
He looks forward to being a World Champion and continue to strive in his dream, which is to have his own academy and create future champions.
Q&A Session Between Ric Centron and Elite Sports
Question: What inspires you about BJJ?
Answer: It continuously challenges me to challenge myself. It's completely true when people say that “BJJ is a lifestyle” because my world turned completely around and my focus was strictly for BJJ. The thing about jiu jitsu is that o matter what is going on in my life, once I step on the mats, all the stress, problems, worries, etc… goes away. It all comes back after you get off the mats but for those hours, I'm in peace and feel much better when class is over. It's truly an amazing art.
Question: What is the meaning of success in your mind?
Answer: Running my own acdemy successfully.
Question: Any Major accomplishments you've been able to achieve in that time?
Answer: I've won medals and trophies though out that time. I also had a submission only super fight that I won by choke and had the fastest submission of the night. I think that one of the best accomplishments that I've had was teaching at a school and building my students’ confidence to train hard and compete, which was a great success. I also went to Brazil for a training camp and loved it. I never imagined that I would someday be in Brazil, training BJJ. It was a dream.
Question: How long have you been training BJJ and Judo?
Answer: I have been training judo for 8 years and BJJ for 6 years.
Question: Who inspires you, and why?
Answer: All my Judo and BJJ teachers have inspired me in one way or another. From being a bit of a troublemaker in my early twenties to being a mature responsible adult, they have been there to guide me. All of my past and present professors have always believed in me and have challenged me to be a better person. My Judo professor once told me that having “character” is being the same person whether in front of an audience or if you're by yourself. It has always stuck with me. My current Professor, Carlos Farias is a huge inspiration to me because he is a man in his 40s and is currently ranked #6 in the world. An accomplishment that is hard to do but with a Champion mindset you can accomplish just about anything.
Question: How often do you train in a week?
Answer: I generally train 6 to 7 days a week.
Question: What are your goals for this year? Next 3 years? and upcoming years?
Answer: My goals for this year are to keep training and improving my game and train more nogi to compete in both divisions. In the next 3 years, I'm hoping to have acquired a few more super fight W’s and medals in the comp scene not to mention, hopefully having my own academy. The next 5? Hard to say, but hopefully a great extension of my 3 year goals and continue competing not to mention possibly in the black belt division.
Question: Do you have a go-to finishing move?
Answer: My go-to finishing move is lapel choke from back control.
Question: What do you think, it takes to be best in your sport?
Answer: Consistency! Major key! You must continue to train. Of course know your body and don't over train, but consistency. In showing up, drilling, asking questions. You can't expect to be a champion if you train once. Or twice a week compared to someone that trains 4-5. Just like a lot of other things, repetition, and the only way is being consistent in showing up to class.
Question: What sort of gear do you usually keep in your gym bag before hitting the gym?
Answer: I carry my Elite Sports BJJ Gi, a BJJ Rash Guard and shorts (just in case for nogi), an extra gi and belt, lots of water bottles, sweatshirt, gym shoes, and towel. Also, two of my must have items are gum and tape.