Coach Cates has participated in some form of martial arts for most of his life. He found Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2020 and immediately fell in love with the art. Ever since, he has spent little time away from the mats and dedicates hours a day to learning and teaching the art. He is a certified coach and active competitor at Gracie Barra. He continues his training daily and competes in gi- and no-gi tournaments in hopes of reaching the highest level of jiu-jitsu. Coach Cates plans on being on the mats for as long as he is able, and looks forward to sharing the art that changed his life in such a positive way. Off the mats he still participates in every form of martial arts he can, including MMA or HEMA.