R.J. is a purple belt at Kaizen Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Plymouth, MI, under Ryan Fiorenzi. He has been training for a little over 4 years. A self-proclaimed "BJJ nerd," R.J. enjoys delving into the science and body mechanics that make the art effective against much larger opponents -- because to him, everyone is a larger opponent.
After training in several different martial arts since childhood, R.J. has finally found a home in BJJ. He often experiments and applies concepts from Wing Chun and Capoeira into his game, creating a style that reflects his personality.
He considers BJJ to be one of the most important parts of his life, critical to maintaining both physical and mental health. When he's not training and competing, you can find him at work teaching middle school or salsa dancing on weekends.