Derryck started training at The Stronghold Point Loma, where he met the founder, Professor Michael Cusi. It was there a friendship was forged. After training for a year, Derryck and his love for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu grew into The Stronghold Rancho Bernardo. Michael and Derryck expanded their partnership with long time students Jason Cook and Richard Soriano, to help continue to grow and strengthen The Stronghold Family. From its humble beginnings at the Rancho Bernardo Rec Center, where its participants were often just the immediate family, the gym has now grown into its own building space with a larger extended family. The Stronghold RB aims to provide a welcome and safe space for everyone all while enjoying the gentle art. With our family and friends' support and a strong foundation in our basics, we believe we can overcome any challenge whether it is jiu jitsu related or not because we have strength within roots.