About Me

Although still relatively new to martial arts, I have acquired a passion and love for it in such a way that it is a part of my everyday life. Whether it be training in the gym, watching jiu jitsu techniques, fights, or just talking about it, it’s always on my mind. I started my martial arts journey almost 3 years ago in Muay Thai at the Muay Thai Academy in North Hollywood, CA with Kru Puk and Kru Santi. It was almost a year of solid and consistent training there that I developed my stand up base enough to take on a 2nd challenge in the form of no gi jiu jitsu. It was through old friends that I met 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt “Coach” Alder Hampel, who would soon become my mentor. I had not the slightest clue of grappling or what it consisted of, but I jumped right in. It was with Alder’s technique breakdowns and detailed explanations that I was able to learn and fall in love with the art. The in depth science and endless progression of jiu jitsu was so intriguing I just couldn’t get enough. Through Alder I had met another coach in pro MMA fighter Thor “TNT” Skancke, where I began studying wrestling, shortly after my jiu jitsu journey began. Although starting with my base in Muay Thai, I am a grappler by nature. It is where I shine best and where I have established myself on the no gi scene and will continue to do so.

I am now currently located at 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Van Nuys, where we have a great team, great training, and great environment. If you’re looking for a place to start training, or polish up on the techniques you already have, come check us out!! I look forward to what 2012 has to offer for me, great things are coming in the competitive world of no gi jiu jitsu and MMA. Be on the look out for Mike “Lobes” Frausto

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