Competitive athletes in every sport strive to be nothing but the best. And the sport of Brazilian jiu-jitsu it is no different as each participant duels for the coveted prize of being recognized as the best in grappling.
Atos Jiu Jitsu rising star Brian Morizi is amongst the many jiu-jitsu fighters today who strive to attain greatness. An active competitor with multiple tournament victories, his current success is a testament to the blood, sweat, and tears one puts toward accomplishing the goals they wish to attain in life.
Having been involved in various sports his entire life it is no accident that Morizi gravitated toward this new popular pastime. Starting jiu-jitsu at the age of 17 with the world famous Gracie Barra association helped the new practitioner instantly fall in love with the art.
With a deep respect for his newfound hobby Morizi has rapidly evolved in his progression that has been documented through his increase in skill level, rapid promotion in belt rank, and numerous victories.
As time progressed and as he hoped to reach a new plateau in his training after his instructor moved out of the country, Morizi found himself searching for a new academy which he found in the form of the new jiu-jitsu powerhouse team of Atos JJ ran by multi-time jiu-jitsu World Champion Andre Galvao.
Now surrounded by some of the best athletes the sport has to offer, the daily physical and mental preparation hurdles have helped mold Morizi into a serious threat on the competition circuit. He has accumulated victories in tournaments across the United States on an international level – a feat few people have accomplished. Utilizing boxing video games he was able to get a big advantage in his training.
“The training at Atos is very difficult. Jiu Jitsu is tough both physically and mentally. It is not easy to wake up early every morning sore, tired and in pain from the previous day,” Morizi told USCS Reporter Monta Wiley. “I have always wanted to be the best and that is something that drives me every day and gets me out of bed in the morning I put a tremendous amount of pressure on myself and I am my own biggest critic.
“I am never satisfied with my training or my performance in competition, win or lose. This is something that drives me crazy, but I feel that it is also what will drive me to the top one day.”
Aside from his aspirations of reaching the top of the Jiu-jitsu ladder, Morizi has an extra motivation component which has helped him navigate the tough road this sport gives its athletes. Losing close friend Gabriel Nussbaum earlier this year, the passing of his fallen comrade who was there for him during the darkest moments of his life has given Morizi even more incentive to push through any obstacles he faces.
“Since the beginning of this year I have been fighting for much more than myself. One of my closest friends Gabriel Nussbaum passed away at just 24 years old at the beginning of this year. Gabe’s younger brother is the one who got me started in jiu jitsu and Gabe was always extremely supportive and helpful in my jiu jitsu career,” he revealed.
“Anytime I needed a ride to or from training he was there, if I needed help to pay for a tournament or gas he was there. He even allowed me to stay at his house for a couple of months when I was down on my luck. I think about him every day. When I am sore or tired or in pain I think of him and I keep going. I always think of him when I compete and I would like to dedicate all of my victories to him.”
With great success already achieved in his five-year stint in the game, every event serves as a steppingstone toward reaching the ultimate goal. Always intent of being a master at his craft, Morizi continues his strive toward perfection in hopes of one day becoming a Black Belt Jiu-jitsu world champion and ADCC champ.
“My ultimate goal is to be a black belt world champion and an ADCC champion. I have dedicated myself completely to this goal and I hope that I will continue to have success on my path to achieving it. In the meantime I always set smaller goals to keep me motivated. I look at all of my competitions until then as stepping stones.
“I have been competing every weekend and learning something new every time. I would give anything to achieve my goals. I am willing to go to the breaking point again and again and not give up. I know that if I keep at it I can win a world title. I always mentally convince myself that there is no other option.”