🚨FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENT🚨 We have an exciting matchup for June 11th with two hungry fighters looking to make a return to the win column when Daniel "The Danimal" Winston (4-3) takes on Elija Cavendar (2-5).
Catch all the action live on Spectation Sports or in person at the Dort Financial center in Flint on June 11th. Ticket information coming soon!
I’ve always said that “some people want to wear a black belt and some people want to be a black belt”. Being a black belt is much more than your skills and abilities on the mat or in competition. It is really a reflection of what you can do for Jiu Jitsu, not what you expect to gain from Jiu Jitsu. I often use the analogy that black belts (and all higher belts) are simply rungs in the ladder of Jiu Jitsu. It’s our job to help advance the next group below us so they can achieve more than we have in the sport. Nobody is bigger than Jiu Jitsu and we need to realize that it is our responsibility to pass on the teachings, techniques, and philosophies of Jiu Jitsu just as we were taught by Grand Master Helio Gracie, his sons, and Master Caique.
This past Thursday, we had the honor of conducting a special class followed by a promotion ceremony for three new black belts. Professor Harvy Berman awarded black belts and gave recognition to James Laginess, Mende Lazoroski, and PJ Arab. Professor Harvy spent several minutes discussing the virtues each of these gentlemen possess that make them fitting to wear a black belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu under Carlos “Caique” Elias. The one thing these men share in common is that when they come to the gym and participate in class, they leave the gym and those they talk to “better” than when they found them. Whether it’s helping out teaching a class, or partnering up with a new person, or being a good training partner, these men know what it means to be a black belt.
Join me in congratulating these gentlemen on an achievement that few will ever reach in their lives. These gentlemen made it to the 1% of people who ever complete the journey in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, yet they will still be in class helping, rolling, and training with the same passion and enthusiasm they had as white belts. In his speech following his promotion, PJ said something that stuck with me and is probably the simplest advice to give anyone starting out in this sport. “Enjoy the journey and don’t chase the belts. Let the belts chase you.”
Congratulations to these two warriors @austinbashi @reese_chedda who fought in the cage this past week and showed tremendous heart. Congratulations to both of you on your championship belts! ... See MoreSee Less