Jeremy Goodman is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt who trains out of Alexander Jiu-Jitsu academy in Seminole, Oklahoma. He recently became one of our first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ENDO Atheltics brand ambassadors from the state of Oklahoma and we were able to catch up to him recently to get a quick interview so everyone can learn a little more about this Jiu-Jitsu athlete:
EA: Can you tell everyone about where you train and what made you want to train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu:
Jeremy: I train at Alexander Jiu-Jitsu in Seminole, Oklahoma. I was invited by a friend from work and instantly fell in love.
EA: What is your greatest accomplishment so far in BJJ?
Jeremy: I have competed in many BJJ tournaments and have placed in every single one of them. My biggest accomplishment though, I'd have to say, is my silver medal in the absolute division at my tournament this last month.
EA: What goals do you have moving forward in BJJ and what do you hope to accomplishment over the next year in BJJ?
Jeremy: I'm going to keep competing. I have so much more to learn and I'm anxious to test the waters against tougher competition. My goal for the next year is to win a gold medal in the Blue Belt absolute division in any tournament.
EA: You were recently promoted to Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, what does it mean to you with moving up in rank?
Jeremy: The promotion was a huge honor to me, although it is just a rank above White Belt, I'm still new to the sport and am anxious to learn.
EA: DO you prefer gi or nogi and why?
Jeremy: I love both because they both have advantages, but because of the grips and slick subs you can pull off with lapel grips, I must say that I prefer the gi.
EA: Who has been your biggest influence in BJJ and why?
Jeremy: Most people would say Gordon Ryan or some big name BJJ athlete like that, but I'm going to be honest, it's a Black Belt in the background that can destroy anyone in sight, but chooses to teach, mentor, and be a friend that impresses me more. My biggest influence is my professor, Steven Alexander.
EA: When can people expect to see you compete again?
Jeremy: I will be making my Blue Belt debut on September 25th at a Grappling Industries tournament in Oklahoma.
EA: Thank you for the time, is there anything you would like to say to everyone out there reading this?
Jeremy: Keep showing up and stay hungry. If you're not training, you're falling behind.