Black belt, 3. degree
(Helio Gracie > Pedro Sauer > Greg Nelson > Jevgēņijs Minajevs)
He has been involved in freestyle wrestling since childhood, but in 2001, while living in Minnesota, he began his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu journey under the guidance of excellent coach Greg Nelson. While training in Minnesota, he learned MMA-oriented grappling, classic Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Shooto, Catch Wrestling and Combat Submission Wrestling styles. In 2012, he became the first Latvian to obtain a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Returning to Latvia, he opened his own wrestling club, where to this day he continues to transfer knowledge to Latvian athletes and wrestling enthusiasts. Extensive experience in competitions: professional MMA fights, multiple Latvian champion in freestyle wrestling, as well as various Brazilian jiu jitsu and grappling tournaments.
Coaching: Basics, Advanced, KIDS 10–15, Private classes