Friday Spotlight - Steven Alexander

Posted by Hannah Zeciri on

What's your name?
Steven Alexander.

Age?
38.

Rank?
Black Belt.

How long have you been training?
14 years, started in 2008.

Where are you from?
Seminole, OK.

What do you do for a living?
Materials Manager at Goff Inc.

How do you spend your free time?
Sharing Memes and smoking food.

What gym do you train at?
Alexander Jiu-Jitsu.

How did you get into bjj?
As a teen I used to rent UFC videos from Blockbuster and always wanted to do it, but being from small town Oklahoma there wasn't anywhere to learn it. I had a small physical altercation. I used what I knew from watching UFC and wrestling around with my brothers. I worked with a guy that had trained a little in Stillwater at OSU. I asked him if he'd teach me what he knew. After the first day I was hooked.

What are your goals for this year?
Grow our school. Especially, the kids program. Bullying is getting out of control at all public schools and I've seen the empowerment that BJJ has to help combat that issue.

What is your biggest accomplishment and why?
Our team winning the Adult first place at the last Grappling Industries OKC. We are a small school in a small town. It's always nice when you can compete and do well against the bigger Academies.

How has bjj impacted your personal life?
It made me able to handle the stressful situations. If you can handle a 200+ pound guy on top of you trying to choke you out. All the other things don't seem so bad.

Who has influenced you the most?
Off the mat my parents, on the mats Roger Gracie. My parents through all the ups and downs in life have taught me more than I can ever articulate. Roger Gracie showed me I can keep things simple and still get the job done.

Recently your gym was effected by a tornado, can you speak a bit on that and how things are going now?
It was extremely rough the first week or so after the tornado. We had an awesome family step up after and offer us Partyopolis to use when they weren't using it. With all the major buildings being hit by the tornado, we had no idea what we were going to do for long term. Luckily, the repairs to our gym are completed, and we have been able to move back in. We are getting ready to do a major remodel on it and add about 1,300 more sq ft of mats with more classes.

What do you want your legacy to be?
To be a father that my kids can be proud of.

Any advice for our readers on or off the mats?
Jiu-jitsu is like life. It's all hard. It doesn't get easier. You just get better.