Former college basketball player Drew Dyer decided to give Jiu Jitsu a shot, and began training at The Arena with Master Baret Yoshida. In his first year he competed at the Novice World Championship and won the Gold Medal.
My name is Drew Dyer. I’m from Aurora, Colorado. I went to UCSD and played basketball there and once that ended I wanted to start something new and learn from the ground up. And found I Jiu Jitsu and Master Baret, and Baret submissions, and all it took was a couple of classes to really start falling in love with it and want to run with it as hard as I could.
Coach Baret Yoshida:
When Drew first came in here he started really good athleticism and from the first role that I had with him, he fight really hard. He just has that competitive mindset I would say. When it’s time to practice, he’s all business.
Coach Andy Schnadig:
Drew is competitive in that he really doesn’t like to lose, he really wants to beat the guy next to him. But he’s not going to take any shortcuts. He’s a good person to have around the gym because even though he’s newer to the gym, he’s a leader and people look up to him.
For one, he has good natural athletic, good genetics and two he busts his ass all the time, works really hard. I know he played college basketball and that level of intensity and training, he’s brought to this gym with him.
Being an athlete my whole life I’ve played in big venues, big stadiums, big crowds, but walking into Worlds was a different kind of thing. You can feel the energy and the excitement and obviously people are coming from all over and you immediately can tell that it’s a big deal.
In Jiu Jitsu, it’s you versus another guy. A lot of times I feel like it comes down to will and not having a teammate to rely on necessarily in that moment, in the match really does put a lot more pressure on your shoulders and it’s definitely a challenge, but it’s a nice challenge.
So the medal to me is more of what it represents. A lot of hard work, a lot of sacrifice, a lot of good times with really great people. But more than anything I think speaks about our team here at The Arena and what we do and what we’re about. And it shows what I want to accomplish moving forward. And I don’t want to be just a Novice World Champion, you know I want to be a world champion at much higher levels.
Coach Baret Yoshida:
I think he could get to a pretty higher level actually. You see he’s with it and he just keeps going at the pace he’s going at.