As a kid, I loved wrestling and action movies. My brothers and I would play Power Rangers or do our own backyard wrestling on the trampoline. We'd sometimes get into fist fights with each other or our cousins.
I also liked anime, like Dragonball Z, Inuyasha and Naruto. In these shows, the main character would overcome adversity and hardships through training & discipline. I didn't really think much about the training and discipline in these shows, but I was inspired by the art. So I took up practicing the art in my own way.
This art led me to the Wichita Jiu Jitsu Club. While doing a live graffiti painting for the Seed House with Armando Minjarez, I had my first encounter with the gym. We started to set up our canvas (a wooden frame with some plywood screwed to it) for the night in front of the Walnut Street Gallery. That's when Aaron came out and told us to move it away from the door because of the fumes from the paint. About three months before this, I had started training in MMA with someone from work and had already fought in my first smoker fight set up by Andy Zerger. So I knew what a trained fighter could do and advised my fellow artist to move our set-up to avoid any conflict.
In my first fight, I trained for a mostly stand-up fight, but my actual fight did not go that way at all. So about a week after the painting, I returned to the WJJC with my trainer. We happened to run into Chris outside and inquired about some spars. He said we could come in for the three day trial.
The following week, I went up and met Joe, LJ, Justin and Aaron (again) to join in on a no gi beginners class. After class I stuck around and watched everyone roll. I was instantly fascinated by their skill. The following week, I purchased my gi and have been hooked on Jiu-Jitsu ever since.