Competitor Spotlight: Blake Dvorak

18 Nov

Today’s competitor spotlight is about Blake Dvorak of North Texas Mixed Martial Arts. Blake is a BJJ prodigy in the making who started Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at a young age and is the type of competitor who will face off with anyone no matter the size or skill. We managed to catch up with Blake and ask him a few questions about himself and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

1. Tell us about yourself…

My name is Blake Dvorak. I am 21, and a purple belt under Tery Corkran and Matt Larey at North Texas MMA. I am also head of the Kids program at my academy, so not only is Jiu Jitsu a hobby, It’s how I make my living! I’m very fortunate to get to live the lifestyle I do, and could not imagine life any other way.

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2. How long have you been training, background on you and your jiu jitsu experience?
I began training in September 2007 with my dad, David. I was 15 and always the smallest guy in the class. I was too old for the kids classes and my dad thought it would be good for me to roll with the adults. I got smashed and tapped everyday, and it was hard to keep going at times. If it wasn’t something I did to hang out with my dad, I may have quit. The best decision of my life was to persevere, I couldn’t imagine my life with out Jiu Jitsu now.

3. What pushed you to start competing?
When I first started competing as a white belt, I had no idea what to think. My coach told me it would be a good way to see the holes in my game and give me things to train. Now it’s about setting an example for my kids team, showing them it’s ok to lose, to be gracious in victory, and most importantly to set a goal, and work hard to achieve it. That’s what it’s all about, training just to be better than you were yesterday.

4. What are your thoughts regarding the submission only no points/ no time limit format, and how does it effect your game as a competitor?
I am all about the submission. I don’t pass guard or mount people for points, I do it to get a submission. I don’t feel like I win or lose if I don’t tap, or make someone tap. It’s almost like the match is unfinished. That’s the beauty of the BJJ Classic style, you know if you won or lost, there’s no debate, you can argue over advantages, or if he really held that position for 3 seconds, but you can’t argue a tap.

5. What are your goals with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and competition?
I want to open my own academy and share Jiu Jitsu with everyone. I want everyone to have something in their life that makes them a better person overall, like BJJ does for me. Everything I do is based on how ill perform on the mat. From what I eat and drink, to my sleep, and even going out at night, it if will hinder my performance, I don’t do it. That’s the beauty of Jiu Jitsu, it’s not just a sport or a martial art, it’s a way of life.

6. Anything else you would like to add about BJJ or yourself?
Jiu Jitsu gave me the best life I could imagine, it gave me some great friends and training partners, and a way to make a living. If you’re reading this and you don’t train, please go to your nearest academy and try it out, it could be the best decision of your life! I want to thank my dad for first singing me up and going through whit belt with me and not quitting, my professor Matt for showing me how big Jiu Jitsu is and always having my back at tournaments and on the mat in general, Professor Tery for giving me the opportunity to live my dream and teach the art I love at his academy, and all the kids in my Dragons classes and all of my training partners over the years. A big thanks to the Bjj classic team, as well for this opportunity to share my views and for putting on a great tournament. No one accomplishes anything alone, and that’s especially true for me.

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