Bobby took a moment to sit down with BJJ Legends Magazine to discuss his love for Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and how it has improved his life inside and outside of the kitchen.
BJJ Legends: It is always interesting to see the kind of people that train BJJ and why. How did you get involved with BJJ?
Bobby Deen: “I’m always looking to improve myself. I love to learn. There are so many things I want to accomplish personally and professionally. I love fitness and I was looking for a new, fun way to get fit. I was training hard with my strength coach Sam Carter and was looking for something new. I was always interested in self-defense, but I wanted something different. I new a great guy who was a great teacher and the rest is history.”
BJJ: Why BJJ?
BD: “I am learning something real and that makes me fitter, but it’s so much fun too. BJJ has improved my confidence in so many ways. It’s so positive for me.”
BJJ: How long have you been training?
BD: “I’ve been training on average twice per week for close to 2 years. During this period I have had to take off because of injury, work, travel, etc. I’m also living in LA part-time with my girlfriend, but when I’m back in Savannah I train privately with Mike Sergi.
BJJ: What are your jiu-jitsu goals?
BD: “I want to learn as much as I can. I want to go as far as possible. I got one degree on my white belt a few months ago. It was motivating. I wasn’t sure if BJJ was for me when I first started, but I know now that I can do this. I just want to keep progressing.”
BJJ: What BJJ personalities have you trained with or met?
BD: “I went to my first seminar last summer with Rickson Gracie black belt Luiz Palhares and I met Kid Peligro not to long ago when he was in Savannah doing a seminar at Serg BJJ.”
BJJ: Are you going to be back on TV any time soon? Do you have any big plans in store?
BD: “I’m still involved with my mother’s show on The Food Network. I’ve maintained a good relationship with them. I have a show coming out in 2011. We’ll begin taping at the end of this year. I’m working with Follow Productions and Gordon Elliot and it will be a prime time show. We’re calling it Food Commando. My healthy lifestyle and physical fitness will come into play. I’ve also got another cookbook coming out in 2011 as well.”