Jeff "Whispers" Boyd
Hi my name is Jeff Boyd some people call me Whispers or El Jeffe. As a child I was bullied a lot and at 10 years old I got into Japanese Goju Ryu for a brief time. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I got into Brazilian Jiu Jitsu because of being a survivor of Assault and Battery. Learning self-defense is what got me on the mats to begin with however that soon grew a passion for competitive sport BJJ. I discovered how therapeutic rolling was for the mind, body and soul. I started training at Apollos Martial Arts in 2011. I also trained for 2 years in MMA. I am now a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the RCJ Machado affiliation. I received my associate’s degree from ITT Technical Institute in 2011. I currently work for HP in IT. I also have 2 sons.
Q&A Session Between Jeff Boyd and Elite Sports
Question: What inspires you about BJJ? MMA?
Answer: As a teenager, I came across one of the old bare-knuckled UFC Fights at Blockbuster. After watching Royce Gracie dominate several fighters including Kimo I was Hooked.
Question: Any major accomplishments you’ve been able to achieve in that time?
- Naga 2013 – White Belt Masters No-Gi Division – 3rd Place
- Natural Fit 2014 Blue Belt Masters Gi Division – 2nd Place - Adult 1st Place
- AGF 2016 Purple Masters Gi Division 2nd Place – No Gi 2nd Place
- 2016 Grappling Industries Masters Division Brown Belt No Gi 2nd Place
- AGF 2016 Masters Division No Gi Division 2nd Place – 3rd Gi Division
- AGF 2017 Masters Division Gi 2nd Place – 3rd No Gi
Question: What are your goals for this year? Next 3 years? Next 5 years?
Answer: Sky’s the limit! I’m always training and studying to improve my ground game. I want to compete as much as possible this year at the highest level I can reach. Improve every chance I get when I’m on the mats. My 3 years goal – I will have my black belt.
Question: Who inspires you, past or present? Why do they inspire you?
Answer: Rickson and Helio Gracie, Carlos and Roger Machado, Rafael Lovato Jr. and Jamie Mickle. Rickson because well He’s Rickson! Carlos Machado For his technical wisdom on the mat and off inspire me to improve daily as a human being. Roger because his style of Jiu Jitsu mimics my own! Rafael because I have always liked his pressure pass game. And last but not least Jamie Mickle for being the very best mentor, instructor and friend anybody can have. He is always driving everyone to do their best! Through the good and bad times!
Question: How often do you train?
Answer: I train 3 – 5 days a week.
Question: How long have you been training?
Answer: 7 ½ Years
Question: What will you suggest to the newcomers?
Answer: Try to learn more from your senior and work hard while training
Question: What do you think it takes to be a champion in your sports?
Answer: Sacrificing time and Preparation through dieting, training techniques and drilling.
Question: Do you have a go-to finishing move?
Answer: I like Triangles, Arm Bars, and Kimura
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?