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It’s true and I’m still the only one, During my time at the University I didn’t want to follow the path of a traditional major so created my own. The University had a program part of the honors college known as Bachelors Degree with Independent Concentration and students who were accepted into this program were given the opportunity to create their own major. After a lot of soul searching and a vigorous application process I was accepted into the program and declared my major to be “Martial Arts”. 

I do! While I have competed in several combat sports the one that I have competed the most in is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I began training in BJJ around 6 or 7 years old and then began competing on a regular basis when I turned 15. My titles include being a two time NAGA Heavy Weight Champion, A Dragons Lair Champion and A “Good Fight Champion”. In addition to the public competition circuit I was also very active in competing in matches between Universities. As the president and coach of the Umass Amherst team I lead my team into battle against, Umass Lowell, Harvard, Brown, Boston University and more. I am proud to say that I went undefeated in the college scene and was the Harvard Invitational heavy weight champion. In addition to competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu I have also competed in Judo, Tae Kwon Do and was a varsity wrestler in High School. 

Yes I have a wealth of experience in teaching the martial arts and I would say I am a much better teacher than I was a competitor. During my time at Umass Amherst I was the president and coach of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu club. Since I was majoring in martial arts this club was like my laboratory for teaching martial arts. I trained countless people in that club over the 4 years I was there. I kept track of how many students I trained from their first day of class to their first competition. By the end of my time at Umass it had reached well over 100 competitors. I also have extensive training and cornering fighters in Mixed Martial Arts. I even owned a school called “Knights MMA” at one point but decided to shut it down so I could focus on my Digital Media career.  

My time in dance actually began when I created my degree in martial arts at Umass Amherst. In order to be approved as a major by the University I would have to find a faculty sponsor who would over see my degree. What made things difficult was that the sponsor had to be a faculty member at the University so my martial arts teachers (who were Dave Roy and Kirik Jenness) at the time) would not be able to sponsor me. I asked many professors at the University if they would help me out but they all refused. Desperately searching through the course catalog I discovered that the University actually had a Dance department. I had a feeling that someone there would be willing to sponsor me and to make a long story short the head of the department Billbob Brown decided to take me on. With him as my advisor I was able to train in many styles of dance usually only offered to dance majors including Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Tango, Salsa, Contact Improvisation and Composition. My time in college was unique to say the least.