We are very proud of all the kid's and how hard they fought.
Carter, Kendall, Elijah and Sam earn stripes.
Lexi, Anthony and Aiden were presented with their Judo yellow belt certificates.
Skylar, Spencer, Benjamin earn stripes and John earns his yellow belt.
Congratulations to John for earning his Judo yellow belt. John earned enough points to be promoted in Judo by competing in a Judo tournament and participating in the very challenging Competition Class.
Congratulations to this great group of Juniors who were recently promoted.
Anna Beth, Finley, Tatum, Logan, Anthony, Ari, Maddie and Madison.
Coach Joel putting a stripe on Tatum's belts.
We would like to congratulate Caleb Martin on achieving his Green Belt. This is the highest rank that can be earned by a junior student (under 16 years of age) in Jiu Jitsu. He is the first student to earn a green belt at Magnolia Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. We are all very proud of him and feel very fortunate that he chose to train at our school as he makes everyone he trains with better.
"Iron Sharpens Iron"
Caleb started training in 2010. This journey has taken him 8 years. He has been training Jiu Jitsu half of his life. He undoubtedly faced significant challenges over that period and there must have been occasions when he wondered whether the sacrifices and hard work were worth it. He pushed through and did not quit.
"A Black Belt is a White Belt that Never Quits"
The Wednesday after thanksgiving we had a full house in the adult class and with the help of many of the adult Jiu Jitsu students we put all of his dedication and training to the test. Caleb was put through a very rigorous and challenging test that lasted close to two hours. During this test Caleb demonstrated hundreds of techniques, survived an intense shark tank and fought three black belts. The distinction between the word fought and sparred is important here. After holding his own kickboxing with Scotlon Moore he was asked to stand toe to toe and exchange punches with Mike Stokes before finally fighting Scott for his green belt. Battling fatigue he put a knot on Scott's forehead with a straight right hand before taking him to the ground and finishing him with a rear naked choke.
Caleb definitely was put under stress and rose to meet the challenge.
I just had a box of old vhs tapes digitized. Some of them contained some 20 year old judo tournaments.
Here are couple of the times things definitely did not go my way. I drove all the way from Mississippi to Ohio so that this guy could foot sweep the hell out of me. It was a long drive home. Then at the senior nationals the guy that ended up winning gold decided to pick me up like a child. Definitely a strange feeling.
I thought some of you guys might get a kick out of some old basketball footage. I put this together and posted it on youtube so some old college buddies could view it. I was trying to motivate them to come out of retirement and play in a 3 on 3 tournament with me. Luckily it did not work.
When my daughter Maddie heard that I was posting a video on Youtube she got very excited. Every morning for a week she would wake up and say "How many views does your video have now?"
"Seven views Madie. Seven"
She lost interest.
Coach Doug's judo team had a great showing at Go Shibata. For Mal and Elijah it was there first tournament and they handled themselves very well despite competing against more experienced and larger opponents. Trey had a couple of very tough matches in a very tough division. Joel fought extremely hard and ended up with a bronze. Franky finished a win with a hold down and ended up with a silver. Caleb had a couple of big throws and won gold. The videos of Caleb's throw are posted below.
Trey and Lupe did well at yet another BJJ tournament.
MBJJ was represented well by Lupe, Natasha, and Scotlan at NAGA in Austin this weekend. In his first BJJ tournament Lupe placed 1st in the no gi division and 2nd in the gi division. His haul included a silver medal and a samurai sword. He did not stop smiling (or talking) from the time we got there until we left.
Scotlan entered two different gi divisions and won a belt and silver medal. He lost in a very competitive match to a very skilled competitor. It was fun to watch.
Natasha entered 4 different divisions (they needed her to play up in weight and skill level so that other competitors would have a match) and she won them all. She collected 1 belt, 3 golds and 3 submissions along the way.
A big thanks to Doug, Victor, Shem and Schuyler for coaching and filming the matches. I have posted some highlights here.