Tim “#1 Stunna” is a long time grappler and seasoned IBJJF competitor. At Blue Belt, Tim has two IBJJF Grand Slam medals and multiple other NAGA, Grapplers Quest, and Smaller IBJJF victories. Most Jiu Jitsu competitors that are competing to win at the highest level are focused on nothing other than training and competition. Tim is not your average Jiu Jitsu competitor. Tim is a dedicated college student that has to leave his Jiu Jitsu training center in Maryland (that’s us – Crazy 88 BJJ) to attend college in New York. While he is able to train in New York, the same level of training is not available to him and much of his time is already consumed by his school work. Most people would not have the ability to maintain the type of training schedule necessary to be a champion while going to school full time as well, but Tim is not like most people.
As a Blue Belt last year, Tim won the European Championship in the Medium Heavyweight division and second in the Absolute. After the World Championships in June, Tim was promoted to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt. At the European Championship this year, Tim was unable to medal at purple belt, winning his first match and losing the second. Some people would be discouraged after this result, but Tim is a true champion and knows that the only way to get a better result is to continue to work hard.
Leading up to the Pan Ams, Tim entered the Abu Dhabi Pro Trials in New York. He had a very impressive performance, winning both his weight class and the absolute. This not only qualified him for the World Pro in Dubai, but paid for the entire trip. At the Pan Ams you could see that Tim was confident and ready to get back to work. Tim did not have a single point scored on him and finished two of his four opponents to become the 2012 Purple Belt Heavy Pan Champion.