I was born in South Jersey, and since Day One I’ve been constantly in motion. I played four years of varsity soccer in high school as well as many different traveling, select, and state teams. I also loved to ski, skateboard, surf, and pretty much anything else that involved athletics (and a certain amount of danger/ adrenaline!). After moving to Colorado to graduate from the University of Colorado, Denver with a degree in English Literature, I found myself in a rut. As a financially strapped college student, with no way to get to the mountains to ski, my high school soccer days long behind me, I struggled to find a new passion to keep me motivated.
The universe provided me with the luck to walk into a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy in 2007. From my very first class, I knew that I had found a new life path. Following this bliss, I encountered the opportunity to move to Panama to create a nonprofit gym helping at risk youth and adults through free physical fitness and martial arts classes. AlleyCat Fitness Foundation went on to give thousands of hours of free classes to hundreds of neighborhood youth. The program even went on to bring Panama’s first professional MMA fighter into the UFC, the world’s largest and most respected promotion for mixed martial arts.
I am a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, experienced in Muay Thai Kickboxing, as well as a retired professional MMA fighter. I’ve helped hundreds of youth, teens, and adults motivate and improve their quality of life through the power of martial arts, meditation, and mindset.
I currently live in Playa Venao, Panama where I spend my days surfing, teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and managing a world class surf camp all located on the beachfront at Beach Break Surf Camp. I truly believe that every day, every interaction, with every kid, teen, adult I come in contact with, there is an opportunity to change the world.
The power to connect and truly resonate with a young mind can set in motion lasting change that can forever transform a life.