Patrick "Yeti" Cooney
Growing up in Colorado, Pat spent most of his time hiking, skiing, and playing ice hockey. He began training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in January of 2009 while finishing his undergraduate degree at CU-Boulder. A year later, he moved to Chicago and joined Carlson Gracie Team, which he’s proud to call home. Working management and sales for several gyms and fitness studios to support his jiujitsu habit, Pat is currently a coach at Hustle Fitness in Lincoln Park. He obtained a Master’s in Education in 2016, and as a hobby he writes speculative and historical fiction.
Q&A Session Between Patrick Cooney Brooks and Elite Sports
Question: What inspires you about BJJ? MMA?
Answer: I’m inspired by the room and encouragement for growth. Both the sportive and martial aspects of BJJ provide rich opportunities for individuals to make healthy improvements in their physical and mental lives. I am drawn to the the problem-solving that jiujitsu requires, and I believe that it can be a very positive influence on most people.
Question: What are your goals for this year? Next 3 years? Next 5 years?
Answer: This year: Achieve 10% body fat and take gold at American Nationals and Masters World's. Over the next three years I'd like to strengthen my joints so I can continue to train all the time. Perhaps five years from now I’ll be able to pull off a decent-looking helicopter armbar!
Question: Who inspires you, past or present? Why do they inspire you?
Answer: I am inspired by anyone who is very skillful, talented, or has made great achievements yet is still a kind and generous person.
Question: Is there any difference b/w your common days’ diet and during competition training diet??
Answer: Yeah weight matter in your competition which help you to attack faster on your competitor, so it all possible because of best nutrition you choose for yourself.
Question: Any major accomplishments you’ve been able to achieve in that time?
Answer: Successfully completed a move from Colorado to Chicago in 2010, obtained a Master's in Education in 2016, and collected a stack of medals and tournament memories.
Question: How long have you been training?
Answer: Since January 1st, 2009
Question: How often do you train??
Answer: 1-3 times a day!.
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: Several rolls of athletic tape, a myriad of braces and joint supports, the obligatory gi/rashguard/fight shorts, sandals, and breath mints.
Question: Do you have a go-to finishing move?
Answer: Mounted omoplata or Roger choke.
Question: What do you think it takes to be a champion in your sports?
Answer: Three factors: Consistency at the gym and on the mat; Active application of the body and mind while training; and Honesty with yourself about your results and your progress.