Michael is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Megaton Dias. He’s been grappling since age 12 when he joined the JH Wrestling Team and has been constantly training since.
Being affluent and wrestling year round, Michael participated in folk-style, freestyle and Greco-Roman throughout his teenage years. After high school, Michael gravitated towards Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and “no-gi” Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, which resulted in his finally putting on the gi in 2006.
“I couldn’t get enough,” says Stratton, “I always knew I’d end up owning a gym and building a team because I’ve always been driven to teach what I know. Ever since I can remember I would learn something sweet, and try and teach it to the next person I encountered. Whether it was a grappling technique or a life technique, I’ve always felt knowledge should be shared.”
Michael runs Esteem Jiu-Jitsu with his wife, Rosie and have two wonderful boys, Joshua and Jordan. Ironically, the entire family participates in training jiu-jitsu and Rosie and Joshua both compete currently. “My life has become what I always wanted. I have my beautiful wife, sons and an awesome gym family that words can’t describe.”
Michael’s plans for the gym include encouraging athletes of all ages, of all backgrounds, with little to no experience to those who are affluent in the sport. His love for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is real, genuine and can be seen and heard by his students, which age from age three to fifty and beyond.