Tell me about yourself.
I am Dominican-American, born in Brooklyn and raised in Providence. I’m an Army war veteran, having served five years and fighting in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2005-2006. I am grateful for my service because I have experienced and learned to try so many things, including my current unrelenting passion, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I’m working to become the best fighter on the planet.
What do you love most about Jiu-Jitsu?
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is everything to me. All of my energy is put into preparing to go against the best in the world. With that said, it’s very important never to forget where the art form comes from; in its original use, it was created for women, children and frail men who could not defend themselves against larger attackers. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has proven to be the most effective form of self-defense. I love this most because being around the world with the Army, I saw first-hand people that were powerless against tyrants. Now I have the opportunity to empower others.
How does your passion influence what you wear both in and out of the gym?
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is action. Growing up watching action movies with characters like James Bond and Steve McQueen, I was inspired by what they wore and I incorporate all of that into my style today. Being the coolest guy in the room such as a Bond – with tailored clothes, an amazing timepiece and awesome shoes – is what I go for. Also, I make sure to not over-do the outfits I choose so I can look cool and casual like McQueen.
How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style is classic simplicity. I like clothing that will stand the test of time. I can dress today in this outfit, but also get into a time machine and go back to the ‘60s and ‘70s and still be a part of those trends. That being said, I am not limited to just being in garments that are considered classic. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a lifestyle in and of itself and the community behind my art has great fashion. For the summer, we look to tanks and easy fitting items; it has been extremely hot these last few days.
Tell me about this look.
This look is classic and nothing is overdone. It was very hot that day so I rolled up the pants and sleeves a little bit. The brown wing tip shoes are a cool timeless choice and the timepiece also keeps with that theme. This is a great summer look.