Tyler and his wife Jena have been long supports of OTM and we had some great times hanging out in the UAE.
Congrats to Tyler!
This marketing executive takes down his opponents — with Jiu Jitsu
Tyler Bishop is the newly hired global director of digital marketing for O’Fallon, Missouri-based Ungerboeck Software, and he’s also a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Bishop, who is profiled in the St. Louis Character feature in this week’s Business Journal, is an eight-time state champion in the sport and has placed in the top three in several large international Jiu Jitsu tournaments. And his wife, Jena Bishop, is also well known in the sport — particularly for bringing home the 2013 Jiu Jitsu world championship for her weight division.
Both Bishops train for, and teach, the sport, which is a derivative of judo, at Gracie Humaita in St. Peters.
Tyler Bishop first got into the sport when he was 18, and he still trains five or six days a week. Check out the accompanying video of Bishop winning an American Grappling Federation tournament in St. Louis in 2014.
And what is it that has made Bishop a success both on the mat and in the workplace?
“It’s the same thing that makes me good at all the things I’ve been successful at,” Bishop said. “It’s a core competency in learning. I learn really well, and I’m good at solving problems.
“In Jiu Jitsu people think it’s all about raw adrenaline and intensity, but while physical strength plays a role in it, Jiu Jitsu is based on leverage and technique. If you can be really good at problem solving, and you can think through the game at a cognitive level, those people generally are a lot better.”