My name is Justin Bueche, I'm 21 years old. I'm from Houma Louisiana and currently attend the University of Louisiana at Lafayette for education. I have been in martial arts since I was 6 years old and have been training jiu-jitsu and kickboxing since 2011. I am currently a purple belt under Professor Tim Credeur and work as a grappling and striking coach at Gladiators Academy of Lafayette. I am also the head instructor of our kids Muay Thai program and help to develop curriculums throughout the gym.
Q&A Session Between Justin Bueche and Elite Sports
Question: What inspires you about BJJ? MMA?
Answer: BJJ inspires me because it's a sport based on technique, size doesn't matter. You don't have to be stronger, faster or even bigger to beat someone. You're always learning new techniques, and these techniques are constantly evolving. The sport is consistently growing and just when you think you know something… you don't. It's a nonstop journey.
Question: Who inspires you, past or present? Why do they inspire you?
Answer: The person who inspires me the most would be my Professor Josh Artigue. He is an amazing teacher and training partner. He has heavily influenced the way I instruct, my jiu-jitsu game and my overall perspective of martial arts.
Question: What are your goals for this year? Next 3 years? Next 5 years?
Answer: My goal this year would be to receive my nutrition certification. For the years to come, I plan to graduate from University of Lafayette, compete in IBJJF Worlds, and receive my brown belt.
Question: How long have you been training?
Answer: I have been training BJJ since 2011, but started out in taekwondo when I was 6.
Question: How often do you train?
Answer: I train 3-5 times a week. I am at the gym every day and I am constantly being exposed to jiu-jitsu, but I make sure I get my mat time in at least 3 times a week.
Question: Any major accomplishments you’ve been able to achieve in that time?
Answer: I love to share my art. I helped to start two different grappling clubs in my community. I have also completed 3 martial arts instructor training courses and helped to develop curriculums and programs at the multiple acdemys I attended. Through my art I grew as an educator, and that is my biggest accomplishment.
Question: Do you have a go-to finishing move?
Answer: Baseball bat choke from knee on belly.
Question: What do you think it takes to be a champion in your sports?
Answer: To be a champion in BJJ, as in any sport, takes dedication, self-confidence, self motivation and surrounding yourself with people who help you succeed.
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?