Addi Wei, 37, Purple Belt

Addi Wei, one of our purple belts under Master Murgel...contemplating life and jiu jitsu techniques.  ;-)

Addi Wei, one of our purple belts under Master Murgel...contemplating life and jiu jitsu techniques.  ;-)

Addi is one of the friendliest students at Union Team BJJ and is always open to helping others. We're pretty sure Addi probably knows the name of every single BJJ position ever! ;-) Addi's a fun guy to train with, he's quick and efficient and will catch you quick if you're not paying attention! Get to know a little more about Addi below...

What's your name? My name is Addi Wei

Where are you from? I was born in South Carolina but my parents are from Taiwan.

What do you do for a living? I am a Product Manager for Siemens.

What's your belt rank? I am currently purple belt.

How did you discover BJJ? My Brazilian co-worker introduced me to Judo several years ago. My interest in Judo then spread to BJJ.

How long have you been training in BJJ? I have been practicing BJJ for about 7 years.

What are your BJJ goals? My BJJ goals are firstly maintain fitness, flexibility. Secondly, I would like to improve my techniques through training.

What's your favorite submission? I don't have a favorite submission, but my favorite position is knee on belly. Knee on belly is a great position for transitions especially for smaller guys like myself and the most adaptable, dominant position in a self defense situation.

Favorite Jiu Jitsu Practitioner? Bruno Malfacine, Rafael Mendes, Robson Moura

What has training with Master Murgel and the Union Team taught you? Training with Master and the Union team has taught me to push myself through challenging situations, keep an open mind whenever learning a new technique. There are so many different styles, positions, and options in BJJ that Master and the team have exposed me to - this is what makes BJJ compelling to learn.

What advice would you offer to someone wanting to get started with Jiu Jitsu? Do not get discouraged whether you win/lose - there seems to be always something to learn. Keep an analytical mind toward the game. Strength and speed are awesome traits to have in this sport, but also remember to utilize the flexibility of your body and mind to overcome your challenges in an efficient manner.

What's your favorite food? I don't have a favorite food but I tend to eat a lot of meats, vegetables, rice, pasta (probably in that order).