The crowning achievement of any athlete is always inspiringly brought into curiosity. How did they do it? What did it take to reach that accomplishment? What is their secret to success? In reality, there is no real secret to becoming a champion in combat sports. Dedication, motivation, passion and a strong reinforcement crew are the needed intangibles capable of producing success in one’s fight career.

An MMA and 2x time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion, Tyler Beckley is no overnight success story. Since the start, this diverse champion began laying down the groundwork for success through his hard work ethic and the loyal support system assisting to reach his goals. Concluding his tenure in college football, Beckley sought for a new outlet to channel his competitive drive. It wouldn’t be long that the void would soon be filled through a new interest in mixed martial arts fighting.

“I finished playing my college football career, but still had a drive to compete in other forms of competition,” Beckley told MMA Corner. I started having interest in power lifting, but after attended UFC 68, and watching Randy Couture beat Tim Sylvia, I started looking into MMA. I found a team in my area, started training, and started competing within a few months.”

Beckley surely became immersed in his found hobby. Training under Gary Young at The Demolition Fight Team, “The Shoot” Beckley began his MMA run in 2007. No-Gi competition victories, amateur record of 9-2, 6-2 as a pro, and grand culmination of becoming a MMA champion in multiple organizations there was no denying the Ohio native was made for the sport.

With his name building throughout the Midwest region, the multi-MMA champion wanted to reach higher goals which looked toward a promising future in major fight organizations. Yet through the timeline his ambitions and direction soon shifted into a grappling combat sports field. It would be a meeting with BJJ black belt, Chris Blanke that set him on a new path in the art of jiu-jitsu.tb1

“I transitioned into BJJ competition after my seventh professional fight and after meeting my BJJ coach, Chris Blanke. Based on my wrestling and my rough no-gi grappling from fighting in MMA, I started slowly transitioning away from fighting and more into grappling. I switched my goals from making it to a big organization, like Belletor or the UFC, into becoming a BJJ world champion,”Beckley said. “My coach believed I could and I accomplished that goal twice.'”

A new found mentor in Blanke, Beckley began his journey as a full-time fighter in 2012, training at the Ribeiro JJ academy Toledo, Ohio. Mirroring his MMA career, success continued for Beckley, becoming an IBJJF world  champion at the blue and purple belt level.

To an outside spectator looking at his victories, it may all seem like an easy task to becoming champion. Yet the road to becoming a champion isn’t glamorous as Beckley can attest to in pursuit of reaching his goals.

“When it comes to becoming a champion I have had my share of hardships” Beckley revealed. “I’ve had six knee surgeries and I won’t stop competing until they tell me I’m not allowed to, but sometimes it’s hard and training hard to be a champion takes sacrifice. Along with injuries, I’ve had to sacrifice time away from family. Every weekend I’m gone training and every other months I’m flying to who knows where to compete in a tournament while my wife and daughter are at home in Ohio.”

Yet through all these adversities came great triumph. Commitment, drive, and strong support became evident in the creation of the champion in Beckley. Always learning and improving, there is no denying his destined path for more success in the future thanks in part to his upbringing throughout his athletic career. Next on Beckley’s agenda is obtaining his new belt rank and another BJJ World title.

“Having good people around me throughout every step of my athletic career has helped me to become the champion I am today,” Beckley said. “Coaches throughout high school that pushed me to become a good athlete probably started it. My strength coach, Chad Wagner, from the University of Findlay has always been a great help since college. Coach Wagner and my other college coaches helped instill the toughness and discipline necessary to become a champion or to be successful in most anything”.

“I’ll still continue to keep the same people around me that help make me better; coaches, teammates, workout partners, and friends. I’ll keep training, keep working out hard, and will continue to get better,” Beckley said. “My next goal is to become a brown belt. “

About The Author

Monta Wiley
Staff Writer

Monta Wiley is an aspiring sports journalist that has covered the world of MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has been a regular contributor to US Combat Sports. Monta has a Bachelor's degree in Aviation Administration from California State University-Los Angeles. Outside of his writing, you can find Monta at the gym honing his BJJ technique.