Dear Grappling and Jits Fans,
GRAPPLERSPLANET.COM has had the pleasure to have a cool interview with Professor Tom DeBlass.
For those of you who dont know who he is, he is a Ricardo Almeida Black Belt. Owner of Ocean County Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He says: “My purpose on this earth is to touch as many lives as possible through Jiu-Jitsu, it is my calling”.
Here is how it went:
GP: How long have you been doing BJJ and how did you find it?
TD: I have been training Jiu-Jitsu for around 9 years.
GP: What do you like best about Jiu Jitsu?
TD: There are too many to list just one, but if I have to choose I would see the sense of family that develops between teammates.
GP: What is the true meaning to having a black belt in your eyes?
TD: Having a black belt means you have endured the bumps in the road in order to get there, it means you have vowed to never stop training. Not just walk around with a black belt around your waste, but truly train with everyone.
GP: Have you done other grappling styles?
TD: I cross train wrestling now
GP: What advice do you have for new students , white belts in training?
TD: The advice I give is to never lose the passion that they have the first day in the Academy, and always understand there are good days and bad days. If they truly stick with it until black belt it will be one of the best decisions they ever made in their life. And Jiu-Jitsu is for EVERYONE!
GP: Have you competed BJJ on an international level? if you could list a few of your results.
TD: Yes, I won the American National Championships, the No Gi World Championships, The Pan American Championships, Bronze Medal in the Gi World Championships (Brown Belt) mundials. Bronze Medal Black Belt No Gi Worlds, Abu Dhabi North American Champion and Abu Dhabi Competitor.
GP: How do you see BJJ and grappling evolve in the next 5 to 10 years from now?
TF: I believe more and more people will see the benefits of it and begin to trai. Jiu-Jitsu will be the norm.
GP: What do you think is missing in BJJ to make it an olympic sport?
TD: Good reffing
GP: What is your favorite submission, escape and sweep?
TD: I really do not have a favorite submission, the one that makes the guy tap! I enjoy half guard.
GP: When did u start BJJ? where and under who?
TD: I will say my first class was with Ricardo Almeida and that is way back when he had his gym in Bordentown, an hour and 50 minutes from my house.
GP: What do you train your students to be?
TD: I train my students to be the best human beings they can be and the best possible black belts they can become. what is your objective with your students in general? I want everyone to know that Jiu Jitsu is for all walks of life and at my academy everyone is treated equally, we truly have a great thing at Ocean County Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and I am thankful to God for it.
Thank you so much for your time professor, Muito obrigado, Muito Respeito, We wish you all the best!!!