Q&A with one of the two youngest kids to ever compete at ADCC. After dominating in the Kids divisions for over 11 years, Tye Ruotolo looks to make a mark in the Adult rankings as the youngest kid to compete in ADCC. 1, What does it mean to you to be the youngest to ever compete in a ADCC event? It’s actually really exciting to compete with this rule set at this age. It’s also been a goal of ours since we were young kids . We have trained with adults for the last few years but only really started competing with adults since the beginning of the year. I’m looking forward to the experience. 2, What are your expectations for this weekends event? I expect to have some really tough matches. The division is loaded with good guys. I feel good, ready and confident. We train with a lot of tough adults and we’ve also competed against some, so we kind of know what to expect.
3,Is there anyone your looking to be matched up against?
I honestly am only familiar with a few of the bigger names in the division like Ethan, Nicky Marvin etc. To meet up with any of them would be exciting. Like my brother said though, I just want to focus on one match at a time. I want to win. I’m going there to try to win.
4, Do you think training at Atos brings any extra pressure to perform this weekend? If so please explain.
No not at all. Atos is definitely known for the many killers and champions there and we have them to look up to. Especially Professor Galvao who has so much experience and success with ADCC. We will just use the advice we got from Professor and the rest of our teammates.
5, what does JIU JITSU mean to you? It’s a part of our life that will never go away. We’ve been training a long time. There is not a day that goes by that we don’t train jiu jitsu or talk about it. Life would be weird without it.
6, How does it feel to transition from kids ranking to adult rankings?
It feels great. My favorite move was illegal in the kids division. We are still teen 3 so we haven’t been able to compete at Ibjjf as kids or in the juvenile division because we got our blue belts early. We’ve been training a long time and we we’re just stoked to get it already.
7, Do you have any family, friends or sponsors you would like to thank?
First we want to think our mom for not only setting up this trip but for always being there for us. She drives us to training, helps us with our school, she cooks sometimes, overall she’s just a super trooper. We want to thank our dad for always training with us at home and making us better. We also wanna thank Rvca and Shoyoroll also Ai Pono meals, Sons and Daughters Ortho, Elixicure and Banzai Bowls. We really appreciate them all and we are grateful for their support. You can follow Tye on Instagram @Ruotolobrothersjiujitsu