Danny's Open Road
Mat Therapy (1:04)
Jiu Jitsu (1:21)
Transitioning from Military (1:47)
Owner / Head Instructor
Capitao Jiu-Jitsu & MMA
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- Went to college for a few years but realized that it wasn’t right for him.
- After leaving school, he had a few different jobs bodyguarding, but nothing felt consistent or purposeful.
- One day, he was bodyguarding with a few former Marines who told him that joining the military would help him find a path and a purpose.
- He’d always had an interest in jiu-jitsu, and when he went to a training session on his Air Force base, he ended up “kicking the teacher’s butt.”
- The instructor told him that he should start teaching as well, so he took over the class.
- Eventually, he realized that his passion was to own his own gym and become a professional MMA fighter.
- His business had a few setbacks—at one point, he lost 2,000 dollars worth of students—but instead of giving up, he moved forward, taught himself marketing skills, and revitalized the gym.
- Calls the sport of jiu-jitsu “mat therapy”: says that when you’re on the mat, you’re not thinking about any of your other problems or worries—you’re just trying to breathe.