Jerad Michael Oiler
He is a former standout high school football player and wrestler. He played one season of football at WVU Tech. He attended a few classes at Yamasaki in Rockville, MD in 2002 but the jiu jitsu bug just didn’t catch that time around. He moved back to the state of West Virginia in 2004 and took up BJJ at what was then known as Ground Zero of Beckley, WV.
Under the tutelage of Bryan Atterson he won several tournaments at the state level in Gi and no Gi, and one in the Gi at the national level while taking runner up in the amateur No-Gi. After that he took a night shift job which left him training 1 day per week for 10 years. Now he is making up for lost time training 3-5 days per week.
He has done some mixed martial arts fighting, but he started too late and found it difficult to find amateur fights as a purple belt, and impossible as a brown belt. With 13 years in this art, he is the definition of the white belt who just wouldn’t quit. he teaches the No-Gi program at Beckley Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (SAS Team USA affiliate) alongside Chris Mckinney, under his black belt brother George Oiler. He recently won a pro BJJ match at Fight to Win 42 in Pittsburgh against a very tough IBJJF tournament champ.
* 2010 wv state champion advanced nogi.
* 2005 Akju state champion.
* 2005 Gracie national champion gi.
* 2005 Gracie national champion amateur no gi.
* fight to win 42 winner.
* 2-1 amateur mma.
Q&A Session Between Jerad Michael Oiler and Elite Sports
Question: What inspires you about BJJ? MMA?
Answer: For me, BJJ is the ultimate stress reliever. When I am on the mat nothing else matters. I don’t care about my job or personal life, it is all about learning, improving, and helping others do the same. I enjoy teaching and watching the growth our students display.
As far as MMA, I like getting to showcase my talents in kickboxing, wrestling, and grappling. I can’t say I won’t fight MMA again, but I dislike having higher tier talent and not being paid for my work due to not being a professional.
But the fight is amazing. You are the center of attention. People are watching your every move. And the feeling of winning is just the highest of highs, while losing can be the lowest of lows.
Question: Who inspires you, past or present? Why do they inspire you?
Answer: My students inspire me. As I previously said I really enjoy watching them grow. I love it when one of them manages to tap me. If you play with a nest of vipers, you have to expect to get bitten now and again.
Question: What are your goals for this year? Next 3 years? Next 5 years?
Answer: For this year I plan to win gold in my brown belt division at the WV games Aug 19. Within the next 3 years I want a master’s worlds championship, and of course that black strap around my waist that tells me I need to truly learn jiu jitsu. My 5-year goal is to continue training, competing, and breeding killers. I want for all of my students to learn work ethic, honor, and become champions.
Question: How long have you been training?
Answer: 14 years next month.
Question: How often do you train?
Answer: 3-5 days per week.
Question: Any major accomplishments you’ve been able to achieve in that time?
Answer: The ones that stand out are 2005 Gracie National champ in the 208lb white belt class, and runner up in the amatuer nogi. I also won the state championship at the inaugural WV Games in the advanced no gi as a blue belt.
Question: Do you have a go-to finishing move?
Answer: I am lethal with the bread cutter choke.
Question: What do you think it takes to be a champion in your sports?
Answer: Hard work, discipline, and determination. A certain mind set is also required.
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?