May 3, 2019  - Spot Light Athlete:  Daniel Charles Frank "DCF"


​Toro BJJ had lunch at Sizzler with Daniel Charles Frank.    We conducted a brief question and answer session.


​Toro:  Could you please state your name, age, BJJ belt rank and how many years you have been training ?

DCF:  Daniel Charles Frank, 40, Black Belt, 16 years

Toro:   What school do you train at? 

DCF: I train at Revolution BJJ in Richmond, Virginia. 

Toro:   What other sports have you competed in?

DCF: I've competed in all types of ball sports, mostly baseball.

Toro:  Have you trained in other martial arts?

DCF: I have done some Muay Thai and some MMA.

Toro:  Who is your favorite BJJ competitor to watch?  

DCF: I love watching both Terere and Leandro Lo. They are exciting and have such open styles. They have a game plan to win a match, but can make split second decisions to change their style, tempo, or attack in order to adjust during that match. They are champions.

Toro:   Do you do any exercises/workouts to supplement your Jiu Jitsu?  

DCF: I do anywhere between 4 - 8 hours of jiu jitsu a day. When I am not doing jiu jitsu I ride a bike, lift weights, swim, use a rowing machine, circuit train, sit in the sauna, take epsom salt baths. It feels like I am always training. I dream of doing or teaching jiu jitsu most nights.

Toro:  Can you offer some advice for anyone beginning BJJ?

DCF: Take it slow and learn the basics repeatedly. Perfect practice makes perfect. You will need to practice the same things a thousand times to get any good at them.

Toro:  What is your best Jiu Jitsu moment?  Most memorable win?

DCF: The best moment was receiving my black belt. I worked very hard for it and felt fantastic when I finally achieved it. My most memorable win is hard to pinpoint. There have been many. One of the most recent was a win over Josh Murdock at the Toro Cup for the Lightweight belt. We went into sudden death overtime and I won with a sweep. I put everything into that match and said to myself that I would die on the mat in order to get the win. It was one of the hardest matches of my life.

Toro:  Do you have a favorite website or DVD set for instruction? 

DCF:  BJJ Path  

Toro:  What makes you happiest in life? 

DCF: Teaching others jiu jitsu.

Toro:  If you could have a 1 hour private lesson with any person – living or dead – who would it be? 

DCF: Rolls Gracie

Toro:   Any sponsors or ANYONE you’d like to give a shout out to?

DCF: I would like to thank Toro BJJ for their never ending support of me. The best brand in the world!!



May 20, 2019

Kim Rice Spotlight Athlete, 5 time IBJJF World Champion - wants to beat up Dwight Schrute 


Kim is a 38 year old Jiu Jitsu brown belt who trains at Cary Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Cary, North Carolina) under Jason Culbreth.  Kim has been training Jiu Jitsu for 9 years.  She is very accomplished – just to name a few of her titles:

2 time IBJJF Adult World Champion

3 time IBJJF Masters World Champion

Abu Dhabi Silver Medalist

5 time Pan Am No-Gi Champion

Current Toro Cup Brown Belt World Champion
 

Toro recently sat down to speak with Kim, while enjoying some Forte Legato Coffee at Sizzler

Toro:  What other sports have you competed in?
Kim:  I grew up a competitive swimmer.  As a teenager and adult I went on to specialize in open water swims, especially marathon swims.  My longest swims were the “Swim Around Manhattan” and the “Swim Around Key West”. 

Toro: Have you trained in other martial arts?
Kim: I dabbled in Judo for a few months   but my knees did not like it.  Besides that I have stuck with Jiu Jitsu.  (Kim may have forgot but she did train MMA for a period of time – even to the extent of taking an amateur fight and winning) 

Toro:  Who is your favorite JJ competitor to watch? 
Kim:  Anybody that I train with.  I am not much of a Jiu Jitsu nerd.  I don’t really watch matches that I’m not emotionally invested in.  I’m more engaged watching a white belt who I train with on the regular than a high level black belt that I don’t know. 

Toro: Do you do any exercises/workouts to supplement your Jiu Jitsu?
Kim:  I do Crossfit a few times a week in addition to strength training two times a week on my own.  My back hurts when I overdo it on yoga.  The short videos on YogaforBJJ are a nice supplement for me. 

Toro:  Best advice for anyone beginning Jiu Jitsu?
Kim: Tap early!  Don’t wait until there is pain in your joints to tap.  Your body will thank you later.
 

Toro:  What is your best Jiu Jitsu moment?  Most memorable win?
Kim:  Not much can compare to winning adult worlds.  I will never forget those experiences.  I did so once as a blue belt and once as a brown belt.  It is my long term goal to win worlds as a black belt.    My other favorite memory was winning the Abu Dhabi trials.  This enabled me to win a trip to the Abu Dhabi World Pro.  It was my 3rd time trying and in previous attempts I suffered tough losses.  Winning the trip was a huge goal that I finally accomplished.
 

Toro:  Do you have a favorite website for instruction?  
Kim:   Ryan Hall and Bernardo Faria instructional videos are my favorites 

Toro:  What makes you happiest in life?
Kim:  Enjoying time with my hubby and our big floofs (dogs).  Our dogs love to wrestle each other.  Watching them “roll” is the cutest. 

Toro:  If you could have a 1 hour private lesson with any person – living or dead – who would it be?
Kim:  Grandmaster Helio Gracie.  He died before I discovered Jiu Jitsu, but I would jump at the chance to train with his ghost. 


Toro:  If you could fight anyone throughout history – who would it be?
Kim:  Dwight Schrute


Toro:  Any sponsors or ANYONE you’d like to give a shout out to?  

Kim: My husband, Jason Mask.   I’d also like to thank Toro BJJ for being a long time, loyal sponsor.   Thank you to YogaforBJJ for keeping my body healthy. 

Toro: Who wins in a boxing match:  Mike Tyson in his prime or Muhammad Ali in his prime?
Kim: I don’t know a lot about boxing, but my grandpa delivered Muhammad Ali’s daughter!  Plus he never bit anyone’s ear .  So I’m going to pick him. 


Muhammad Ali and Kim's Grandpa.  

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