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My name is Michael Ray Trasso,  my friends call me- Smoothie. I was born 8/29/1990. I have been grappling since I was 5 years old, attending Rising Sun Martial Arts in Lyndhurst NJ. What began as a way to break my shyness as a young boy, became a passion for Jiu Jitsu .From day one I fell in love with the sport. I had trained with Jerry Jones for 8 years and received a Black Belt in Freestyle Jiu Jitsu (no-gi). I also have trained in Hapkido, Sambo,and Kickboxing. Cross training is extremely important. I like ground fighting since 90% of fighting winds up on the ground. I decided to continue my martial arts journey, specifically BJJ, and while competeting at a Grapplers Quest tournament in Las Vegas, I was introduced to Mike Mrkulic (2nd degree Black Belt -Royler Gracie). While i resided in NJ, I studied privately and attend group classes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Mike Mrkulic @(MBJJ) which is  located in Montclair, NJ. I’m currently a Brown Belt in BJJ.

I attended St. Mary’s High school in Rutherford N.J where I wrestled for 3 years, and transfered to Queen Of Peace High school in North Arlington N.J., where i wrestled my senior year.  Throughout high school I lettered 4 years in cross country and won 3 team state championships. I trained privately with Jason Silverstein (All American Wrestler @Purdue). After high school I decided to continue my wrestling career, and was recruited by Head Coach Jay Jones of Rhode Island College (Providence, RI). I was a 4 year varsity starter and wrestled 141 my first 3 years (2009-2011). My senior year (2012) I bumped up to 149lbs. and finished ranked #3 in New England by the NEWA. I am a 4x New England medalist and my college wrestling career ended with a record of 106-30 with 228 takedowns. 

Some of my hobbies consist of running, lifting, playing guitar, BJJ, making music, and teaching. My favorite food is by far Italian, yet I like to maintain a healthy and organic lifestyle. My favorite movies are American Psycho, and The Machinist. My favorite MMA fighters include Anderson Silva, Kazushi Sakuraba, Wanderlei Silva. My music of choice is Tech N9ne, Deadmau5, Skrillex, Jimi Hendrix, MF Doom, Ice Cube, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and my own music!

My collegiate wrestling career is now over, and once again my passion for Jiu Jitsu resumes. I currently live and train in North Providence, Rhode Island at Tim Burrill Jiu Jitsu academy. Please browse my site,share, and connect.....LETS ROLL!

Michael Trasso

Michael Trasso

Name: Michael Trasso

Height: 5' 8''

Weight: 170 lbs.

Age: 27

Hometown: Lyndhurst, New Jersey

Profession: Student/Jiu-Jitsu

School Location: Providence RI

School Name: Rhode Island College

Email: michaeltrasso.com@gmail.com