Michael’s journey on the mats began in 1995, training Jiu Jitsu at just five years old. Throughout the next decade, he picked up wrestling and would become one of the world’s most accomplished adolescent Jiu Jitsu competitors. In 2008, Michael was recruited to wrestle for Rhode Island College. In 2011, he was nationally ranked #9 and one year later, attained his 100th collegiate victory. In 2016, Michael began training in San Diego where he received some of his most notable awards in adult Jiu Jitsu competition while training part-time. In 2018 & 2019, Michael earned his spot on FloGrappling’s Top 20 No Gi Adult Black Belt Middleweight World Rankings. In 2020, he moved back to New Jersey, started The Merge, and in 2022, Michael opened Trasso Jiu Jitsu & Wrestling in NJ!