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My name is Michael Ray Trasso. I was born 8/29/1990, have been grappling since I was 5 years old, and started my path at 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). While with Jerry Jones I have also trained in Hapkido & Sambo. 

In 2003 while competing at a Grapplers Quest tournament in Las Vegas, Brian Cimmins (GQ President) introduced me to Mike Mrkulic (2nd degree Black Belt -Royler Gracie). I decided to continue my martial arts path (specifically BJJ) with Mike Mrkuic. While I resided in NJ I studied privately and attend group classes with Mike Mrkulic at MBJJ which was located in Montclair, NJ.

I attended St. Mary’s High school in Rutherford N.J where I wrestled for 3 years under Scot Weaver. My senior year I transferred to Queen Of Peace High School in North Arlington N.J., where I wrestled my senior year (under Scot Weaver again).  Throughout high school I was a Region 4 wrestling Champ (2008), we won 3 team state championships, and lettered 4 years running cross-country. I also trained privately under Jason Silverstein (2x 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. I am the 12th wrestler in Rhode Island College wrestling history to complete the milestone of 100+ victories.

Upon graduation (2013) I decided to stay in the Providence, RI area. I landed a full time job in the IT staffing industry, became a assistant wrestling coach for a local high school, and began training at Tim Burrill BJJ under Tim Burrill & Jimmy Connor.

After 3 years I was given a career opportunity to move to San Diego, CA and work out of our new west coast office. I took the exciting and new opportunity and moved to San Diego, CA in August 2016. I am currently a brown belt training at Gracie Humaita San Diego under Professor Regis Lebre.


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Michael Trasso

Michael Trasso

Name: Michael Trasso

Height: 5' 8''

Weight: 185 lbs.

Age: 29

Hometown: Lyndhurst, New Jersey

Profession: IT Staffing/Sales

School Location: 5375 Kearny Villa Rd. San Diego CA


Email: info@thegraciesandiego.com