Hi, I’m Domenic Passero – thanks for stopping by. I first started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu when I was 23 years old and it was love at first roll. I was eating, sleeping, dreaming BJJ. I trained with a great group of friends, met new friends along the way and learned so much. About 17 years later, I received my black belt from Robson Moura. What happened in those 17 years? Life happened, kids happened, work, injuries, crazy schedules, you know what I’m talking about. There were times that BJJ had to be put on the back burner and left there… for a really long time. In fact, there were 4 years that I was training for 1 hour a week – if I was lucky. I held on to it as best as I could.
Training BJJ has made me into a better person. It’s taught me to not give up when things seem difficult but to try a different approach. It’s given me an outlet and it’s allowed me to connect with some awesome people who I now consider my best friends. Like I said, as Robson presented me with my black belt, I don’t know how fix a car, and I’m definitely far from being a handyman around the house, but I’m good at Jiu Jitsu and that’s what I have to offer. I love sharing Jiu Jitsu with others and I’m fortunate to be able to teach it as part of my career.
Although it took me 17 years to get a black belt, it couldn’t have happened at a better time. My kids, who at 6 and 7 years of age, were old enough to understand what was going on and were so excited when daddy came back from Tampa with the black belt. I hope this sticks with them in their memories and gives them a little hint that good things come with dedication and hard work.
Avenue BJJ is just another way for me to share Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It’s a collection of thoughts, ideas, helpful tips, events and just stuff I find interesting. I hope you find something worth reading here and enjoy it enough to come back!
Oh and if you’re ever in the Toronto area, come by and say hello at Headrush Training Center.