BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU BROWN BELT
Growing up, Ken had always been intrigued by the allure of martial arts from watching old Bruce Lee movies. However, due to a lack of local schools and funds, Ken settled for wrestling in middle and high school. This was, however, a blessing in disguise as wrestling provided him a great foundation for grappling. Fast forward ten years, after getting married and having two kids, Ken felt the desire to learn martial arts and found a school that taught Wing Chun, the same martial arts that were the foundation for Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do style of kung fu. After a few years, the realization that a true martial artist needs to learn more than just punches and kicks led him to learn jiu-jitsu -- a widely unknown martial art to him during his youth. Being only 5'7" and 160 lbs, he knew that he was at a physical disadvantage if a larger opponent would bring a fight to the ground. After just a few classes, he was hooked and saw the effectiveness of jiu-jitsu. Ken started his jiu jitsu journey in December 2012 and earned all his belts under Cesar Paredes, a second-degree Black Belt under Master Pedro Sauer.
Ken's Belt Progression:
December 1, 2012 - Started his Jiu Jitsu journey
April 7, 2014 - Awarded Blue Blue
April 14, 2017 - Awarded Purple Belt
January 1, 2022- Awarded Brown Belt