Al "The Mechanic" Moreno
Alvaro Moreno is a 35 year old Mexican American Blue Belt Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. Nicknamed "The Mechanic" He has been training Jiu-Jitsu for a year and a half. His professors are Ron and James Hill both 3rd Degree Black Belts from SUDA MMA in Joliet IL. He works a full time job and still finds time to train 6 days a week. His desire to one day become a JiuJitsu champion and Black Belt is what drives him. He has spent most of his time on the mats grinding to become a better practitioner every day. On the days things don't go right he always shows up the next day. He has competed in many local tournaments and is currently training to hopefully compete out of the country.
Q&A Session Between Al and Elite Sports
Question: What inspires you about BJJ?
Answer: What really opened my eyes about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was how difficult it is. How It can take over 10 years to achieve a Black Belt. How anybody can start their journey at almost any age. How many people can start and quickly find out that size and strength doesn't matter as much as they thought it did. It's a sport that quickly turns into a lifestyle, you don't end up practicing Jiu-Jitsu you end up living it. You get put in very difficult and humbling situations in Jiu-Jitsu and when difficult and humbling situations present themselves in our daily lives we take a different approach. On top of all that it's a way to learn to defend yourself if the situation ever came up.
Question: Who inspires you past or present? Why do they inspire you?
Answer: A few active professors inspire me when it comes to BJJ. To name a few Professor Tom Deblass why? The advice he offers everybody that follows him is very helpful. He besides my professors take time to help people in their journeys. His words have help me get over some rough days in BJJ. His advice is something I have been able to relate to and understand. Felipe Costa is another Professor I admire why? Because of his story and advice for smaller grapplers. In a time when I thought being a smaller grappler would be a harder journey he helped me realize that smaller grapplers end up developing more technical skills than somebody who can use strength to compensate. Caio Terra is a Professor I look up to because of his humbleness. The way he's willing to help anybody who needs help. Caio has always remained humbled with all success you can tell it hasn't gotten to his head over the years he has been doing Jiu-Jitsu
Question: What is your goal for this year?
Answer: This years goal is to compete and train as much as possible to refine my skills. I want to compete in more tournaments than last year if possible
Question: Next 3 years?
Answer: I will like to compete in another country. I want to test and push myself to become a better athlete. Maybe in 3 years have a Purple Belt under my current Professors
Question: Next 5 years?
Answer: In 5 years I will like to have a lot of people know who I am. Not for fame and fortune but hopefully I'm able to convey my passion from now to 5 years down the road. People have seen me as a white belt and hopefully in 5 years they can see the passion that I was speaking of now. Hopefully I can help inspire people to start or continue their journey in Jiu -Jitsu.
Question: How long have u been training?
Answer: Year and a half
Question: How often do u train?
Answer: 5 days at Suda and weekends at home I try to give Jiu-Jitsu at least 8 hours a week.
Question: Any major accomplishments you’ve been able to achieve in that time?
Answer: Biggest accomplishment is showing up EVERY day to training even after horrible training sessions and that has helped me receive my Blue Belt
Question: Do you have a go-to finishing move?
Answer: Not really. My favorite move is whatever my opponent gives me lol.
Question: What sort of gear do you usually keep in your gym bag before hitting the gym? Do you have different items for specific days?
Answer: I ALWAYS have 2 of everything when I go to train. So in my gym bag I carry 2 Elite Sports Gis, 2 Elite Sports rashguards, 2 Elite Sports grappling shorts, 2 or 3 regular tshirts, a towel, prewortout supplement, 2 Jiujitsu Belts (Blue), compression shorts, My White Belt, deodorant, a pen, a notebook, pain killers, athletic tape, and mouth guard.
Question: What do you think it takes to be a champion in your sports?
Answer: I think it takes resiliency, dedication, determination, hunger and u have to be crazy. You have to be crazy enough to believe in yourself. When times get hard you HAVE to believe in yourself even if nobody else does