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Certified Official

How did you get into MMA?

After a bad hiking trip, a friend's husband told me about BJJ so I tried it. One of the guys in class owned KOTC. I went to shows out at Soboba Casino and then started interviewing fighters for

What is your martial arts background?

I'm a 4th degree black belt in BJJ. I've competed and won many tournaments including IBJJF, FILA/USA Grappling, was the 2006 ADCC North American Trials Winner and 2007 ADCC Silver Medalist.

My 9 years of teaching at Big John McCarthy's Ultimate Training Academy includes assistant coaching the MMA Fight Team for 6 years and 2 years as a member of the Fight Team.

Why do you officiate MMA?

It's a great challenge to learn a new skill and develop a different understanding of the sport. It was time.

What is your career background?

After earning my MFA in New Genres at UCLA, I worked at the American Film Institute and learned about Digital Media. This led to a career as a Broadcast Designer in Hollywood. I helped start the Digital Media Department at Otis College of Art and Design where I was a guest lecturer until Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu took over my life.

What do you do on your time off?

Train. Make art.

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