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Thursday, 06/06/2013, 12:31 pm

EXCLUSIVE | Alliance BJJ Coach Jimmy “Jah” Harbison Talks About Wanting to Become a Fighter | Fist-Ta-Cuff Radio

By JAKE CHASTAIN

| Last Sunday our boys over at Fist-Ta-Cuff Radio invited BJJ stand-out Jimmy Harbison onto the show. Harbison is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Master Lloyd Irvin who gained notoriety in the grappling circuit after he won the 3 major tournaments in the IBJJF circuit in the brown belt division (European Open, Pan American & Mundial). Since then Harbison has been awarded his black belt and has been helping coach BJJ to MMA fighters at Alliance in Chula Vista, California. During his interview with Fist-Ta-Cuff Radio Harbison discussed which fights he found most intriguing at the upcoming Metamoris Jiu-Jitsu event and where he sees his career going as a competitor. Here are some of the highlights of Harbison talking about what’s next for him as far as competition:

On his start in MMA coaching and moving to California to help out at Alliance MMA:

“I had to help Ross [Pearson] with his fight so I basically came to San Diego for two months, I was living at Brandon Vera’s house, and uh, helping Ross, helping Ross, helping Ross, getting to know the guys. I was the head coach for those two months teaching all the guys jiu-jitsu, teaching two times a week for the pros and uh, like I said, the whole time, experience, experience, experience. And then went out to corner Joey Beltran for the first time. I didn’t really get to train with him too much before that, just a little bit, but I ended up cornering him and then cornered Ross in the main event and then after that I just kind of got hooked a little bit, you know? And then, uh, I really started getting a passion for what I was doing and getting better at it. So I had that pathway and the, like, everything went crazy and the whole situation blew up.”

On how coaching is helping him become a better athlete and BJJ competitor:

“For me, it’s helping like crazy. The guys I get to train with everyday and the experience I get from teaching and having to think about this kind of stuff, like, I’m just so happy.”

On if he’d been working on all disciplines of MMA while coaching jiu-jitsu to fighters:

“Yeah. Yeah, I’m kind of working on everything. I had an injury that I was dealing with. I tore some tendons in my elbow so I was just waiting for that to recover but now I’m finally getting back into shape and I just want to do as much as I can, man. I’m in the gym all day. I’m basically just teaching, training, just at the gym all day. Alliance. I’m just trying to get as good as I can.”

On if he was planning on returning to BJJ competition:

“I’m not going to limit myself. If I’m in shape, if I’m ready to compete, I don’t care. It doesn’t matter to me. I love any type of competition. Especially with the people that are around me now and the people that are pushing me now.”

“Honestly, right now, what I’m thinking about most is a transition into MMA. I want to start fighting.”

On if he had a date or timeline for when he would like to have his first fight:

“That’s really up to Coach Eric [Del Fierro]. We were already looking for some fights summer time. Like mid-summer, late-summer. That’s really up to him though. I trust him with all of that stuff. I’m not worried about it, I’m just going to be training. ”

To listen to the entire interview with Jimmy Harbison on Fist-Ta-Cuff Radio click here and you can follow Jimmy Harbison on Twitter @SWEET_JAH

For more news and updates regarding Metamoris 2 click here.

-Jake Chastain

@jchastain45

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