Like most of Timothy’s generation of kids and future martial artist, he was hooked on martial arts through the “Bruce Lee” era, of movies. Timothy tried a few karate classes as a child and found it interesting and then discovered boxing, which he enjoyed more, due to the amount of engaging, application and durational bouts, instead of point fighting and stoping.
After training boxing for about 5 months , Tim tried to pursue boxing actively at the age of 11, at the old Joe Hand boxing Gym, but could no longer afford it. He never lost the urge to box and started back up on his 17 years old. After years of working long hours, going to college and boxing training,
Tim decided to take a friend’s offer and try that “Royce Gracie Stuff” ( Gracie Jiu Jitsu), since they were fans of the very first UFC, in 1993 and tried to watch the UFC anytime it was on. Since Tim tried his first Jiu Jitsu class he was hooked for sure. “Everything that you learned that day, you could use right away if you do it correctly…it’s really amazing.” Tim stated. Now a certified Black Belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu under the Migliarese brothers, Tim continues to keep the tradition of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, the quality, respect, the evolution and preservation of Gracie Jiu Jitsu moving forward to share with others.
Take a look below and watch the beginning of the UFC and how BJJ changed Fighting as the world knew it.