Coach Maddox has been training Jiu-Jitsu and MMA with Professor Rob at GTA since he was 11 years old. He was promoted to his blue belt in 2023. Maddox actively competes in Jiu-Jitsu tournaments. He constantly challenges himself and aims for growth.
He is now an assistant coach for our kids program, helping our students through their Jiu-Jitsu journey. “I coach because I love explaining the art we train everyday and watching the kids problem solve and evolve by using the techniques we’ve taught them.”
Maddox trains both grappling and striking, but has a true love for Jiu-Jitsu. The art of Jiu-Jitsu allows a smaller opponent—like himself—to use leverage, grips, and speed to control and submit bigger/stronger opponents. Coach Maddox expresses, “I love Jiu-Jitsu because I feel like everyday, my game grows and when I see progress and improvement in my understanding of certain techniques, my love for the art keeps growing.”
Coach Maddox, now 18-years-old and a graduate from high school, plans to continue coaching at GTA while also continuing his path in Jiu-Jitsu by training in the most optimal way. He has goals and ambitions to rank higher in competitions and become an elite fighter in the Gi and No-Gi division. Coach Maddox hopes to help GTA grow and create an elite competition team, so that one day, we can all fight at the black belt level and show who’s boss.
We asked Coach Maddox: if you can tell your younger self something regarding martial arts, what would you say?
“If I could tell my younger self something regarding martial arts, it would be to not force my way out of positions, but rather slow down and think how can I use it to my advantage.”