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Eric Rivard began training in the martial arts at the age of 16. His first martial art was Choy Lay Fut kung fu and Eric would ride his bike six miles each way four times a week to train. At age 19, Eric went on a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he served in Denver Colorado. Upon returning from his mission, Eric married his high school sweetheart and continued his Choy Lay Fut training.
In late 2002, Eric met Professor Michio Grubbs and began his training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Eric earned his BJJ blue belt in 2006. Eric took some time off of training to attend graduate school, and focus on work and family commitments. During this time, Eric kept in contact with the team, would occasionally stop in to train, and have regular private lessons with Professor Michio. Eric also has training in Muay Thai kickboxing.
Eric has always had a passion for the martial arts and has developed a great love and respect for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Over the past year, Eric has put a large priority in improving his and the teams grappling skills. At Excel Jiu Jitsu MMA & Fitness Oceanside, he teaches the morning BJJ classes and focuses on improve each individual’s game.
On a personal level, Eric and his wife Tammy have five children. He has a B.S. in Information Technology, and an MBA. Eric works in the IT industry and has 15 years of experience. Currently, he leads a large team of expert engineers providing professional services to fortune 500 companies. Eric is an Eagle Scout, is an adjunct professor for National University, and writes books and articles for Cisco Press, the only authorized publisher for Cisco Systems Inc. Eric also helps mentor the young men ages 12-19 in his church and volunteers for the Boy Scouts of America.
Eric’s passions include his family, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, weight training, and learning. Eric is an avid believer in lifelong learning; that every moment and interaction is an opportunity to learn. As such, Eric likes to study and learn from as many experts and leaders as he can.
Realizing that everyone is a unique individual, Eric brings his passion for learning in his Jiu Jitsu classes. His teaching method is to help improve the individual skills of those attending his class by focusing on their weaknesses with the goal of improving. Eric believes that excellence comes from deliberate practice and consistent dedication. Eric sees Jiu Jitsu as a way to improve one’s character, mind, and body. No other martial art forces one to focus on improving weaknesses while continually adapting and growing. Eric believes that these lessons learned from Jiu Jitsu are applicable and extremely valuable in ones professional and personal life.