Jason "Vanimal" Van Clief
He grew up born and raised in New Jersey by my grandmother. In school I play hockey, soccer, and wrestled. It wasn't until I moved to California in 2014 that I got involved in Mixed Martial Arts.
Q&A Session Between Jason Van Clief and Elite Sports
Question: What inspires you about BJJ?
Answer: The discipline, the grind, and overcoming inspires me the most. How you to constantly invent yourself and keep reaching for new levels.
Question: Who inspires you, past or present? Why do they inspire you?
Answer: My grandmother is my biggest inspiration. She taught me at a young age to never stop achieving new goals and to never let anyone get in your way of your dreams.
Question: Any major accomplishments you’ve been able to achieve in that time?
Answer: Getting to train with some of the best fighters in the game like Cisco Rivera, Steve Ramirez, and David Duran.
Question: What are your goals for this year? Next 3 years? Next 5 years?
Answer: My goal this year is to add a few more fights and competitions to my resume and be successful in them. 3 years now my goal is to be fighting for a well known fight organization. 5 years from now I am looking at being the flyweight champion of the bigger organization if I'm not already by year 3 and to be a well known name.
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: On the average you will find my boxing gloves, MMA gloves, shin guards, head gear, jump rope, mouth guard, and hand wraps. I'm very big advocate for being well protected during any form of training.
Question: How long have you been training?
Answer: 3 years.
Question: How often do you train?
Answer: 6 days a week between drilling, sparring, and strength and conditioning.
Question: How do martial arts help to build a leader?
Answer: It helps you to creat trait like discipline one, focused, commitment one which i think is good to groom you as a leader and stand above than others.
Question: Do you have a go-to finishing move?
Answer: Nothing beats a good corkscrew right hand knockout if it is MMA made famous by Dan Henderson. As far as Jiu Jitsu call me old school, but I am very partial to the arm bar.
Question: What do you think it takes to be a champion in your sports?
Answer: Being consistent and focused. If you have a goal to be a champion you have to be willing to stay the course and sacrifice.