I am a father of three girls, ages 4, 2, and 10 months. I work as an accountant at a bank and teach jiu jitsu classes 3 days per week on my lunch break. I also run FLABJJ.com which is a resource for Florida grapplers. I was born and raised in Florida and enjoy fishing and being outdoors.
Q&A Session Between Patrick Moran and Elite Sports
Question: What inspires you about BJJ? MMA?
Answer: The most inspiring thing to me about BJJ is the growth I see in my students. The best moment for an instructor is teaching a student a new move, then watching them pull it off in training.
Question: Who inspires you, past or present? Why do they inspire you?
Answer: My daughters inspire me. They make me want to be a better man every day, and that permeates every part of my life, from my work to jiu jitsu.
Question: What are your goals for this year? Next 3 years? Next 5 years?
Answer: I just received my brown belt so I would like to grow into that and start competing against brown and black belts. In the next 3 years, I hope to help my teammates and students gain success in MMA and high-level grappling competition.
Question: How long have you been training?
Answer: 8 Years
Question: How often do you train?
Answer: 4-5 times per week
Question: Any major accomplishments you’ve been able to achieve in that time?
- 2016 MMAC Purple Belt Heavy Weight Champ
- 2015 MMAC No Gi Expert Division Heavy Weight Champ
- 2014 IBJJF Miami Open Blue Belt Heavy Weight Champ
Question: Do you have a go-to finishing move?
Answer: S-Mount Armbar
Question: What do you think it takes to be a champion in your sports?
Answer: Commitment and drive
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 keep some shoes and socks to go for a run, some bag gloves to train BJJ with striking, a mouthpiece, some tape and my GI or No-GI gear. I am also a big believer of keeping a training journal and making notes about my training. My notebook is always in my bag.