Brighton’s Danthony Muniz seems to have found his niche in life.
Muniz is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu artist who trains at 303 Training Center in Westminster. He won his second match at the Aurora Stampede. He needed just two minutes to beat Aj Fernandez at the Aurora Stampede.
“Essentially, the triangle choke requires for your opponent to have one arm in and one arm out, and you must do a series of adjustments in order to secure the choke,” Muniz said.
Muniz, who has a purple belt in BJJ, enjoyed the win but picked up something else along the way.
“My favorite part of the match was how dominant I was able to be over a more experienced opponent,” Muniz said. “I put on a very technical match and was able to completely out class him.”
The pre-match routine may have played a part in the win. But it was different, too.
“The process leading up to this match was more intense than it’s ever been for me,” Muniz said. “My routine consisted of waking up at 5 a.m. and going for a five-mile run, then going to train jiu jitsu at 11-12.”
After that, there was time to rest, hydrate and eat.
“Then I’d attend one or two BJJ classes a night, depending how intense the training throughout the day was,” Muniz said. “I would definitely say this has been different from past matches due to the growth I’ve faced after each victory.”
While he grows in the sport, Muniz has some work to do.
“At this point, I would say I have a ton I need to learn and be able to adapt into my game,” he said. “I wouldn’t quite say I’m at my fullest potential quite yet. I would say this is the most prepared I’ve been for a match. With that being said, the confidence I had making the walk was impeccable because I knew I had put in the work that was required for the situation.”
Muniz’s interest in martial arts is longstanding.
“I was always very interested in the whole mixed martial arts scene,” he said. “One of my favorite movies played a big role on me actually starting my journey – ‘Never Back Down.’ The 2008 movie details the story of a teenager at a new high school where he discovers an underground fight club.
His next goal is to win the 145-pound purple belt title, perhaps as soon as next month. His MMA debut is set for October. He’s looking for sponsors, too. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I’m looking to build a platform so that way I can support local businesses and they can support me,” he said. “The only way we can grow quickly is if we work together and build each other up.”
“When I first started BJJ, I had the goal in mind of getting my ground game on point to eventually move onto MMA training,” Muniz said. “My overall goal is to train and give everything I possibly can in order to one day compete in the UFC one day. I knew I’d get to this point eventually because through hard work and discipline you can achieve anything.”