Having a sibling on the mat almost always yields a synergistic effect. The combination of rivalry, support, understanding and accountability that brothers have with one another is a time honored recipe for success within Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. In Denville New Jersey there is another bloodline of black belts leaving their finger prints on the martial arts world – the Main Brothers.
Mikey and Andy always worked as a pair, each complimenting the other on their path. Andy is the leader, naturally assertive; aggressive in his training he pushes himself and his training partners. Tirelessly traveling, he constantly exposes himself to new ideas and training methodologies to avoid stagnating. Mikey was the innovator. Quiet and creative, he would take techniques and make them his own by finding new avenues of attack or combinations. His personality is laid back and relaxed and his techniques are a reflection of that, nothing is ever forced his game is smooth, flowing and efficient. They proved to be a perfect pairing. Mikey would make Andy more relaxed and technical, Andy would push Mikey to be more hardnosed and aggressive. Their symbiotic relationship was encapsulated in a mutual tattoo which reads “My brother’s keeper”.
Though their journey was forged together their destinations would be unique. Andy dove headfirst into the mixed martial arts world, which took him from the top shows in his home state, to the UFC’s Ultimate Fighter octagon, to the ring of Tokyo’s Pancrase. While Mikey’s passion lied on the tatami, he focused his efforts on becoming a grappling scientist, a top flight example of modern jiu-jitsu he quickly became one of the most feared brown belts in the northeast. His path has lead him to New York, California and Abu Dhabi as he put his version of the gentle art on display.
While their competitive goals were different, Andy and Mikey found their larger calling to be teaching. Together they share their passion inside the walls of Pure Mixed Martial Arts in Denville, NJ and it was on these mats in front of over 60 students, friends and training partners that Mikey Main was awarded his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt. Remarkable that despite being only 22 years old, the consensus was that his achievement of faixa preta was long overdue. The momentous occasion brought about a tidal wave of emotion that brought the normally even tempered Mikey to his knees. Achieving a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu black belt is not simply a change in wardrobe, but the culmination of supreme effort and the realization of a hard fought goal. Now that the Main Brothers have ascended to the rank of black belt it is only a matter of time before their names are spoken in the same breath as Gracie, Machado, Valente and Mendes as brothers who have forged jiu-jitsu dynasties.
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