Ryan’s martial arts training began at the age of 12 in Tulare, California where he studied Shotokan Karate for a few years before starting his career in Wrestling. He wrestled on the Tulare Union High School varsity team all four years of high school and was voter team captain his senior year. Ryan was a semi-finalist at the Central Valley divisional tournament his junior year.
To prepare for success in his junior year, Ryan spent five weeks at the Vaughn Hitchcock Wrestling Camp, training with some of the top wrestling coaches in the nation in hopes of learning a Wrestling scholarship. Ryan began his senior year confidently with a 12-0 record and was elected MVP on his first tournament of the season. He ended up finishing the season with an impressive 30-4 record.
Following his senior year, Ryan enrolled at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo to continue his studies and earned a spot on Cuesta’s wrestling team. He finished 3rd in the Northern Section Championships. Ryan then transferred to Fresno State University, where he earned his B.A in Psychology and minored in Criminology.
While in Fresno, he was introduced to Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and it became his new passion. For a couple of years, Ryan studied under Dan and Dave Camarillo, former teammates and training partners of his current instructor, Crosley Gracie.
In 2001, Ryan accepted a position as a youth counselor in Stockton, Ca and relocated to the area. Looking to further his career in Jiu-Jitsu, Ryan began training under Crosley where he immediately won his first tournament as a blue belt, submitting all of his 5 opponents by choke. Ryan went on to compete several times as a blue belt and win all of the tournaments entered. He’s currently a Black Belt and an Assistant Instructor for Adult Jiu-Jitsu classes and one of the instructors of the children’s program at Crosley Gracie Brentwood, CA. He’s also available for private lessons.
Below are some of his accomplishments in Jiu-Jitsu tournaments:
* 1998 Bakersfield Open Champion
* 1999 U.S. Open Semi-Finalist
* 2000 Pacific Martial Arts Central Valley Tournament Champion
* 2003 Copa Pacifica Champion
* 2003 Gracie Open Champion
* 2003 U.S. Open Champion
* 2004 Gracie Open Champion
* 2004 U.S. Open Semi-Finalist
* 2005 U.S. Open Champion
* 2009 Pan American Bronze Medalist
* 2010 Pan American Bronze Medalist
* 2010 World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Champion