Biography: Dominic is a competitor at Checkmat MAFRA BJJ in Hesperia, CA. He trains under World Champion Marcelo “Lapela” Mafra. He’s 12 years old and in the 6th grade. He’s been training at Mafra BJJ for about 2 years, training 3 to 4 times a week in Jiu-jitsu and also wrestle during wrestling season. In his first six months he dominated in a lot of white belt competitions all around Southern California from IBJJF, Jiu-Jitsu World League, NAGA, and Dream BJJ. He tries to compete as much as he can. He’s competed in several different tournaments. He has taken Gold at IBJJF Internationals in Long Beach, competed in the NAGA Expert Division for the first time in 2018 and won a championship belt in Gi and NO-GI, he won back to back season championships at Jiu-Jitsu World League, and competed in Dream BJJ events winning gold in most events. God and Family come first.
Question: What inspires you about MMA?
Answer:The hard work and dedication each fighter puts into this sport.
Question: Who inspires you, past or present? Why do they inspire you?
Answer:My Coach Marcelo Mafra inspires me. He inspires me because he is still competing at a level as a world champion.
Question: What are your goals for this year? Next 3 years? Next 5 years?
Answer:This year I want to win gold at IBJJF PanKids in Long Beach. I hope to promote to yellow belt this year also. I’d like to compete out of state in the next three years. I hope to continue to promote to new ranks and compete at the highest level I can in the next five years.
Question: How long have you been training?
Answer:Going on 2 years.
Question: How often do you train?
Answer:3-4 times a week. I also do a lot of running and working out on my own.
Question: Any major accomplishments you’ve been able to achieve in that time?
Answer:I’ve won gold at IBJJF Internationals in Long Beach, I also won in the Expert Division at NAGA in Gi and No-Gi receiving a championship belt.
Question: Do you have a go-to finishing move?
Question: What do you think it takes to be a champion in your sports?
Answer:Giving 100 percent every time you’re on the mat. Win or lose, stay humble. When you win, enjoy your victories, when you lose, learn from it and train harder. AND always have fun.
Question: What sort of gear do you usually keep in you gym bag before hitting the gym?
Answer:I keep an extra Gi, Rash Guards, and water. I also keep gummi bears to eat after competitions.
Question: What will you suggest to newcomers?
Answer:Always give 100 percent and stay humble. Be respectful to your coaches, teammates, referees and opposing competitors.
Question: What does it mean to you to be a fighter?
Answer:To be strong, confident, good sportsmanship, and respectful to everyone.
Question: What separates you from every other fighter in your division?
Answer:I stay humble when I win or lose. I always make sure my opponent knows I enjoyed the match no matter the outcome.
Question: What is the meaning of success in your mind?
Answer:Getting my Black Belt in BJJ
Question: With whom would you like to fight, and why?
Answer:Royce Gracie. To be the best you have to compete with the best.
Question: Is there a difference b/w your common days diet and during competition training diet?
Answer:I kind of eat what I want. During competition training I watch my portions and cut out junk food.
Question: How does a beginner prepare for the competition? Any advice for beginners?
Answer:Train hard so the fight is easy. Always bring 100 percent to the match. Remember, you never lose, you learn.
Question: How is it helpful to have the information about your competitor?
Answer:It can help you learn their style and techniques they like.
Question: Are the martial arts necessary for a common person? How?
Answer:They aren’t necessary but they do teach you good life skills.
Question: Which moment is memorable for you in your past competitions?
Answer:When won the championship belt competing in the Expert Division in NAGA and winning gold at IBJJF Internationals in Long Beach.
Question: How do martial arts help build a leader?
Answer:They teach you discipline and how to have respect for yourself and others.
Question: Do you have any advice for your competitors?
Answer:Always try your hardest and bring your best to the mat.
Question: To whom would you like to compliment for your success?
Answer:My family for always supporting me. My coach and all my training partners that help me grow in this sport. Most of all, God for blessing me with the abilities to do Jiu-Jitsu.