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Name: Brad Dinklocker

Age: 23

Where are you from: Warrenton VA

Occupation:  Graduate Student

How long have you been training at the gym: Four and a half years

  1. What got you into training:  I wrestled in high school and stopped when I went to college.  I was running 5 days per week and weight lifting 2-3 days per week and was still gaining weight and I didn’t feel good in general.  I decided I wanted to fight MMA and came upon this gym.  The owner convinced me to try BJJ before starting to learn stand up and I’ve been hooked ever since.

  2. What's your favorite part about training: I love grappling in general, but even more I like to push myself and that is exactly what happens physically and mentally on the mat. The knowledge required to do this sport is a big draw for me.  Plus when you do it right it is effortless which is just cool.

  3. Favorite warm up:  Shrimping, then 20-10s followed by the spins, leg-under, hip-up/ab drill trio.

  4. Least favorite warmup:  When I’m late for warmups.

  5. What is your proudest moment on the mats: The first time I hit an oma plata and held the position.  It had taken me forever to actually do it during a roll; new guys and girls were coming in and hitting it left and right and I still wasn’t getting it. Proudest moment in life: I am proud that I have a happy life and that I am surrounded by great people.   

  6. What do you like to do for fun outside of the gym: Cook, hike/backpack, do work around the house, and hang out and play music with my friends from home.

  7. If you were a professional fighter, what would be your fight name:  Brad “Just Brad” Dinklocker

  8. If you could eat only 1 meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?:  Steamed blue crabs and shrimp, corn on the cob, asparagus sautéed with garlic and onions, sliced tomato with salt, pepper, and olive oil, sweet potato fries, and sweet tea.  (If you couldn’t tell I really like food.)

  9. What is your favorite holiday:  Probably Thanksgiving, but with my family all of the holidays are focused around the food so they all sit pretty equally with me.   

  10. Do you have any special talents:  I can play the spoons.

  11. If you could be a superhero/action hero, who would you be:  Spider man

  12. If you won the lottery, what would be the first 3 things you would buy:  I would pay off school, pay off my mom’s house, and then I would go to some of the best restaurants around the world.

  13. What is the best gift you have ever been given: I’ve gotten a lot of great gifts, but my backpacking backpack was an awesome one.  I also love getting really nice wool socks as gifts.

  14. What is your biggest pet peeve:  Hearing people chewing or swallowing, I know that no one can help making the noise, but it bothers me so much!

  15. What is your idea of a perfect day: Wake up around 8 or 9, train, then do some work around the house, eat lunch around mid afternoon, then hang out with friends while we hike or putz around outside, drink good beer and cook dinner together, and then sit around a fire all night having a good time.  I would probably eat again late at night.  

  16. What's your fighting spirit animal: Tasmanian Devil   

  17. If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be: Blacksmithing or being a mechanic.

  18. If you could have breakfast with any three people, alive or dead, who would they be and what would you have for breakfast: Yvon Chouinard, Andy Samberg, and José Andrés and we would have baked salmon, scrapple, and rice in broth for breakfast.

  19. What was the last movie you watched at the movie theatre and what did you think about it: Straight Outta Compton, it was okay.  It was kind of all over the place, but I think the actors did great jobs of portraying the characters.

  20. What's something few people know about you:  I did not play any sports until I was 13.  Up until then I was heavily involved in theater and at the time intended to act through high school and maybe as a career.  I was a member of the Junior Thespian Society.

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Name: Dusty Hillyard

Age? 32

Where are you from? Strasburg VA

Occupation? Truck driver

How long have you been training at the gym? 4 years

 

 

  1. What got you into training? I missed pushing myself.

  2. What's your favorite part about training? Seeing success and growth on the mat.

  3. Favorite warm up? 20-10's

  4. Least favorite warmup? 20-10's

  5. What is your proudest moment on the mats?  Receiving my Blue belt. Proudest moment in life? Becoming a father.

  6. What do you like to do for fun outside of the gym? Build things.

  7. If you were a professional fighter, what would be your fight name be? Not sure.

  8. If you could eat only 1 meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Steak dinner.

  9. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas.

  10. Do you have any special talents? Building things with my hands.

  11. If you could be a superhero/action hero, who would you be? Batman

  12. If you won the lottery, what would be the first 3 things you would buy? A house, a Skyline GTR, and I’d,travel all over the world.

  13. What is the best gift you have ever been given? Drawings my daughter makes me.

  14. What is your biggest pet peeve? Liars.

  15. What is your idea of a perfect day? Train in the morning then spend time with the people I love.

  16. What's your fighting spirit animal? Pit bull.

  17. If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? Learning electrical.

  18. If you could have breakfast with any three people, alive or dead, who would they be and what would you have for breakfast? Audrina,my BF who's has passed away,my grandparent that I never got to meet. Crepes.

  19. What was the last movie you watched at the movie theatre and what did you think about it? Southpaw,great movie.

  20. What's something few people know about you? I like Nicholas Sparks movies.

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Name: Tom Tantillo

Age? 33

Where are you from? I was born in South Carolina, raised in Long Island New York, and I moved to Virginia when I was a teenager.

Occupation? I work at the Italian Touch in Woodstock.

How long have you been training at the gym? I have been training for 5 years with a 1 year break. I started training at our gym regularly about 2 years ago.

  1. What got you into training? I met Mike Smith in 2010 right around when he got his class started and decided to give it a try.

  2. What's your favorite part about training? Knowing that I can keep fighting even though Ii am dead tired and beat up.

  3. Favorite warm up? Running.

  4. Least favorite warmup?  Squats. Especially when it is Bob having us do them. Every time that I have ripped my pants, it was during a Bob Gibson warm up.

  5. What is your proudest moment on the mats? Proudest moment in life? Getting my blue belt, competing at Naga, and every time my boy Wyatt does awesome on the mat. I can't help but smile like an idiot. There’s also the time I won an awesome gi at a roll-a-thon. The one Steve Turel loves but will never ever have. I think getting my first apartment is my proudest moment in lifet. It seems small but for me it represented overcoming the obstacles that had plagued me for over a decade.

  6. What do you like to do for fun outside of the gym?  I like to write, binge watch tv series, and play guitar (though it has been about a year since I picked mine up, really gotta fix that).

  7. If you were a professional fighter, what would be your fight name be?  Tom “T-Rex” Tantillo. Not just because of my notoriously short arms, but it is an awesome alliteration.

  8. If you could eat only 1 meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Anything with cheese. Cheese makes everything better. But if i have to choose a cheese burger with fries, a vanilla shake, and raw cookie dough for dessert. Yeah, I would be obese in no time.

  9. What is your favorite holiday?  Fourth of July... Ain't gotta do nothing but watch $#! ¥ blow up

  10. Do you have any special talents?  Nope.

  11. If you could be a superhero/action hero, who would you be?  Ghost Rider. He rocks

  12. If you won the lottery, what would be the first 3 things you would buy?  A house, a huge tv, and a dog or two.

  13. What is the best gift you have ever been given?  When we first started dating,  my wife gave me a couple portraits of her posing with my guitar, fedora, and wrote "I love you" on it. Still have it hanging on the wall.

  14. What is your biggest pet peeve? Hypocrisy.

  15. What is your idea of a perfect day?  Train in the morning, do something productive, hang out with family, then that night have some quiet time to myself.

  16. What's your fighting spirit animal? My favorite animal is a lion, but the way i am always rolling face first it is probably a ram or a rhino.

  17. If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? Singing.

  18. If you could have breakfast with any three people, alive or dead, who would they be and what would you have for breakfast? Billy Joel (you have lousy taste in music Amanda), Asoka Guptamaurya, and Stephen King. All I ever want breakfast it a metric ton of pancakes and bacon.

  19. What was the last movie you watched at the movie theatre and what did you think about it?  I think we went to the drive in theatre to watch Inside Out. It was a pretty funny and smart.

  20. What's something few people know about you?  I am a colossal nerd. Along with my collection of tv series I have a huge collection of comics. I also love going on Youtube to watch cartoons from my childhood.


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