I had the pleasure of sitting down with Nathan Mendelsohn at Claudio Franca Jiu Jitsu Academy in Santa Cruz, CA. Above all other things Nathan is the direct embodiment of BJJ lifestyle here in California. He trains it, he lives it, he breathes it . He's a true martial artist, an avid competitor, a well respected instructor and an all around great guy to know.
Nathan Mendelsohn is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Cláudio França and a representative of the Coalition 95 BJJ, a team based in Santa Cruz, CA. One of the top American grapplers of his generation, Mendelsohn is known not only for his tremendous list of achievements but also for his open minded attitude towards training – often breaking strict team taboos to practice with the best in this martial art/sport.