As a former military and government special operations veteran I have been exposed to some of the most rigorous and brutal training known to man. When your physical abilities directly effect your survivability in combat, being in "good shape" is not good enough. I am always looking for an edge, and my Training Mask 2.0 gives it to me. For anyone wanting to take their training to the next level, this is a must own piece of gear.

Q: Were you an athlete in school?

A: Far from it.  I was the proverbial 99 lb. weakling in high school.
Q: When did you start to take physical fitness to the next level?

A: It started when I made it into Marine Force Recon and it has not left me since.

Q: How often do you workout and what does your workout consist of?

A: I workout 5 days a week, sometimes 6 schedule permitting.  One day during the week I cross train doing either a ruck march of 5-10 miles or a bike ride of 15-20 miles.  At the gym I do a modified Spartacus workout.  I keep myself in a constant aerobic state by taking a lap around the indoor track at my gym in between sets.....of course wearing my Elevation Training Mask and a 30 lb. weighted vest.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays I go from the gym to the pool and swim for awhile.  Usually 1000-1500 meters using side stroke and breast stroke.

I also do some aerobic exercise while I am on the range shooting (2 days a week) to keep my heart rate up.

Q: What is the hardest thing for you pertaining to keeping in shape?

A: I travel a lot so working out when I am out of the country is tough due to my work.  That and over training.

Q: How important is physical fitness in special operations?

A: Critical.  Your life depends on your ability to perform at high levels of physical fitness for prolonged periods of time, under tremendous stress in some cases.  That is why the selection processes of our nations special operations units are so physically demanding.  If you cant make the cut in training, you certainly are not going to make the cut when the crap is hitting the fan. 

Favorite Mask:  Training Mask 2.0





 On a typical day I’ll usually grapple, train jiu-jitsu and wrestling for about an hour in the morning.  Do focus mitts for ½ hour, ground and pound bag for 10-15 minutes, and then do cable sprints and cable sprawls.  I usually work out 2-3 times a dy.  Every day varies though.

When and why did you start training for fighting?

 I started wrestling at age seven.  I wrestled for the Minnesota All Star team and placed in national and state tournaments 10 times. I watched the first UFCs with Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock and I started practicing judo for a while and then I found the school where I train now, the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy. I started training in shoot wrestling and then I started competing as an amateur a few years ago. While watching the UFC, I thought it would be great thing to do.  But honestly, I never thought I would actually fight in it.

What ranks and titles have you held?

Former UFC Lightweight Champion 

Do you have any heroes?  

When I was younger, I used to really look up to my older brother.  He was a good wrestler in high school, and college, and he taught me a lot.

What is your favorite technique?

Side choke as far as submissions. On my feet, I like to throw punches and go into takedowns. 

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC?

It means me getting up everyday and
training 3-4 times a day, living and breathing this sport it’s a 24 hour a day 7 day a week commitment. 

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn?

No college. 

What was your job before you started fighting?

I was a machinist at a factory for 2 years when I first started fighting.  The guys there used to call me Rocky because when I was training for a fight I would go outside during my lunch break and run, do sprints and push dumpsters back and forth in the parking lot.  They probably thought I was nuts!!!  Huh, maybe I am?





Physical training in the morning, jiu-jitsu training and boxing technique in the afternoon, sparring in the evening.

When and why did you start training for fighting? 

I started training when I was 13 years old because I was short and fat.

Do you have any heroes? 

Ayrton Senna

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC?

 It’s an honor and a pleasure to fight in the UFC, and I love fighting here.  I was very anxious to come back.  There is no one like the American fans.  In Japan, the fans are really quiet, and the American fans are like the ones in the movie Gladiator – they’re all chanting and yelling – and it gives me the chills because I fight to have the fans make the stadium shake.

What was your job before you started fighting?

 I worked in my father’s bar – I served, I cleaned, I did everything.  I was also in the military for a year and five months.  It was a great thing for my career because it gave me  discipline.  And I learned how to shoot very well.

If any, list specific accomplishments in pro competition? 

 PRIDE Middleweight Champion (205 pounds), 2003 PRIDE Middleweight (205 pounds) Grand Prix Champion, IVC Light Heavyweight Champion.

If any, list ranks in any martial arts styles: 

 Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Carlinhos Gracie.

Favorite grappling technique: 

 Rear naked choke

Favorite Striking technique: 





Currently 3 of us on the team that are training regularly with the Elevation Training Mask.
We are First place in the world for total team time, first in the world  for  over 50, 2 nd in world  over 40 and 2 of us have the top ten fastest times in the world.
We are true believers of the Elevation training Mask. Run Faster Omaha would like to thank you for being our sponsor.We have a total of 6 members on our team and We are traveling to Texas this weekend where there will be another 150 plus competitors. We still have Nationals and Worlds to participate in  where there will be 700-800 firefighters from 8 different countries and ESPN will be televising this year. We will keep touch with you and fill you in with our success on the Combat Challenge Tour.
Thank you
Jerry Kleidosty