Created by those who enjoy both the adventure and routine, the mission of Grappler Magazine is to provide content that will broaden awareness and understanding of different disciplines and cultures through a grappler’s point of view.



TK was once called TJ, but his name switched to TK when he was eleven years old. This was not his choice, however he accepted the fate of his new identity. His hero is the legend of the Pikey, from which he draws inspiration to travel and roll. If you have the ability to accomplish your goals, do it.

Rome Lytton IV

Rome started martial arts when he was six years old after a car accident left him bedridden and in need of  a fun way to stretch out his growing bones and muscles. His first introduction to grappling came two years later when he found wrestling after (American) football season had ended. He stopped training martial arts at age 11 and wrestling at 15 to focus on football, determined to play at the collegiate level. After his senior year of high school, though, he decided against football as a long-term pursuit and shifted his focus back into martial arts, specifically BJJ. He's been from Louisiana MAA to Gracie Barra in Orlando to Roger Gracie’s Academy in London to Urban Kings to Valor BJJ. He's finally found a home at Danimal BJJ in Taiwan under Danimal Reid. If he had to pick one quote that defines his grappling, it would be from the movie Shooter: “Slow is smooth, smooth is fast.”

Brandon Ibarra

One of your founders is a white belt? That's like your band's frontman playing the tambourine. Brandon Ibarra shakes a mean tambourine.

writers & contributors

Thanks for writing our shit

James Birdick


Hometown: New York City 

Background: BJJ 4 Years

"The pen is mightier than the sword..just like my straight ankle lock entry to finish."


Thanks for creating our shit


Robert Simpson

Hometown: Albany, New York

"Can I get a Happy Meal?..Boy."


Our diversity hire

Zack Zaversnik

Hometown: Tampa, Florida 

"I didn't mean to hit the umpire with the dirt, but I did mean to hit that bastard in the stands." — Babe Ruth


Thanks for getting us coffee

Jason Yu

Hometown: Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Background: Wrestling & BJJ

"It's a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don't quit when you're tired - you quit when the gorilla is tired."- Robert Strauss


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