Professor Dennis Ortega is a black belt under the legendary Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro. He talks about his start in BJJ, the importance of idols and dealing with pre-training anxiety. Click “Read More” for show notes! 


  • Origins
  • Being in a band
  • Losing weight in Jiu-Jitsu
  • His love/hate relationship with competition
  • Training under Professor Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro
  • His promotion to black belt
  • The importance of an instructor who really cares about his students
  • The importance of not limiting your Jiu-Jitsu
  • The value of having idols
  • Pre-training anxiety
  • The biggest impact BJJ has had on him