My name is Bill Wisotsky. I am married with three great kids, two boys and a girl. I work in the professional services division of an analytical software company. After high school I went to SUNY Albany. After SUNY Albany I went on to get my 1st masters in Experimental Psychology from Long Island University. My second masters was from CUNY in Biopsychology and a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience from Graduate School of CUNY.
Competing in BJJ
A little history about how I got started in martial arts. My parents put me into Japanese Jiu-Jitsu in elementary school due to bullying which I continued up until middle school when I started wrestling and then wrestled up to senior year of high school until a knee injury ruined my senior year.
I am an competitive martial artist. I have achieved a Black Belt in American Kempo Karate and am currently a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Maxum BJJ – Team Serra. I have competed in numerous BJJ tournaments for the North American Grappling Association (NAGA), Grappler’s Quest, Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) and Tap Cancer Out.
While competing at NAGA since 2012 I have won numerous gold and silver metals achieving National Ranking in GI competitions within my age group of #6 Nationally, #5 Middle Atlantic and #4 in NY State. At Grapplers Quest I took Gold within my age group as well. In Tap Cancer Out I competed in 30+ and took Silver. ADCC I did not metal in the 16+ age group.
When not training in BJJ I do strength workouts at Life Time Fitness in Syosset, NY. Martial Arts and strength training are my two hobbies.
Winning the Fight
After graduate school was over I got married and had my first son in 2005. In 2008 we had twins. The year that my first boy was born was a very difficult year. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and wound up in the hospital. At the same time my mother was fighting with cancer and we were in the hospital at the same time. To make a long story short my mom eventually lost her battle never knowing if I ever got better. After she died I went on a new medication that really helped and I started exercising and practicing martial arts religiously.
I have been in remission for about 9 years due to the medication and what I believe to be a healthy diet and a lot of exercise. Each time I compete it is very special to me because if my mom could see me she would know that not only am I healthy now, but I’m at a competitive level. Kids I train with in their 20’s tell me that when they are my age they hope to be like me.
The last Tap Cancer Out tournament I did I won my first match on points and submitted my second in about a 1 minute and 30 seconds. I lost in finals to a 30 year old MMA fighter. After the match he asked me how old I was. When I told him I was in my 40s he was in shock and said he hopes he is like me at my age and invited me to his next MMA fight. It was a good feeling.
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