2. Please tell us how you got started in bjj , your bjj journey and who did you train under?
|Eddie Kone and Tudor|
I started BJJ in 2003. After I entered in a tournament as a white belt in Judo and tapped four BJJ black belts. I’m kidding, I found about it like 99.99% of the people involved in this martial art: watching Royce whoop some ass in the first UFCs. Back then learning BJJ was very hard. There was nobody doing it in Romania and the material wa shard to find on the internet. So, I started spending 7-8 hours per day on forums and oppressing my cousin on some mats in my living room. I traveled a lot to Italy and Spain to train in different gyms, but I’m mostly self-taught. In 2004 I opened a small gym where people could train with me and gave it the name: Absoluto BJJ. In 2006 I met my instructor and my biggest support over the last years, Eddie Kone, a black belt under Royler Gracie. He was back then a brown belt and he came to Romania 4-5 times per year for seminars. He is one of my best friends and I will forever be grateful for his unconditional support.
I love jiu jitsu. Everything about it: teaching, sparring, competing, watching fights, watching instructionals, talking about it etc. But teaching has a special place in my heart. I think life is about three big things: BELIEVING, HAVING FUN and SHARING. With teaching I’m trying to make others accomplish this three things. Being a champion is about pulling the best out of yourself, creating champions is about pulling the best aut of more than one person. Champions are not just guys that have a piece of metal around their necks.
Champions are guys that lose weight, become more confident, make their life or that of others better etc.