Coach Stephen started training Jiu-Jitsu in January of 2013 because of a New Year’s resolution to get in better shape. He didn’t know at the time, but that first day on the mats would be life-changing. Now a brown belt, Coach Stephen is very passionate about training and coaching kids and teens. He feels that it is his responsibility as a coach to help students learn to never give up and not to be afraid of mistakes – “There are no secrets or shortcuts in jiu-jitsu and in life, just practice, hard work, and perseverance. Attitude is everything. Jiu-Jitsu has taught me about the importance of pushing through the tough days on and off the mats.”
Coach Stephen received his blue belt, purple belt, and brown belt from Professor Marcelo Ribeiro, and has been training under him since 2013. “I love training under Professor Marcelo. His love of jiu-jitsu and for his students is evident in the way he teaches. He has pushed me further than I thought I could go and continues to push me.”
When not teaching or training, Coach Stephen travels playing guitar for Mercury Records recording artist Canaan Smith. Coach Stephen has been married to Bree, the love of his life, for 5 years, and has a beautiful daughter, Evie, that will soon be with her Pink uniform on the mats.