Tim spent a year and a half training Karate until he saw the first season of The Ultimate Fighter. He was in awe of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belts and how their competitors clearly feared their level of skill and technique. He was hooked after that. He jumped on his computer and found the nearest BJJ gym and found Crazy 88 MMA. Since then, Time has represented Crazy 88 and Team Lloyd Irvin.
As he grew as a fighter, he became known as The Mushmaster, for his unique technique of ‘mushing’ his opponent’s face. Over the course of his career, Tim won countless Grand Slam titles in both Gi and No-Gi. Many of which were won while he was a full-time student at St. John’s University.
While he was training to be a fighter, from 2008 to 2012 he spent most of his time in New York earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. When he wasn’t focusing on his academics, he was working on conditioning, watching film, and competing around the world.
Through the years, Tim has developed resilience and passion for the art and sport of BJJ. In 2013, while preparing for the Brazilian Nationals, he fell on top of a teammate when finishing a takedown. He ignored the immediate pain, brushing it off as a typical injury. But soon found out it was a life-threatening condition. His ruptured colon ended his season with emergency surgery. His career was threatened, but through his resilience, he came back stronger.
Following his injury, his resilience shined through. And on June 4, 2014, he received his Black Belt from Master Lloyd Irvin.
Currently, Tim is a full-time athlete and coach. He offers private lessons, virtual coaching, and seminars for the Jiu-Jitsu community. In addition, Tim remains an active fighter and competes in many competitions and promotions around the world.