What a Weekend!!!!!!!

This weekend was a busy one!  We traveled up to Orlando on Friday for weigh ins and dinner at Hash House a-go-go.  If you haven’t been there, the food is awesome!  I had 6 kids compete at Naga the following day and all of them won their divisions(and a samurai sword). They did amazing!!!  Zachary(nogi and gi) and Andrew(nogi) won …

Congrats Mr & Mrs Maldonado

This past Sunday I didn’t watch the Super Bowl, don’t get it twisted, I love football.  I attended the wedding of my good friends Gabe and Cherie instead.  Wouldn’t have missed it for the world.  They are two of the best people I have met through my BJJ journey.  Just want to wish them nothing but happiness because they deserve …

Blessed

Again, I struggle to keep up with my blog.  I wish I had a better excuse than, “I forgot.”  Writer’s block….HOWBOUTDAT?!?! lol Things couldn’t be better at the G-Dub.  My brutha Josh Hayden just came down to do a leg lock seminar at the school.  It was an awesome seminar.  The Go-Lace sequence was badass!  Got some good training in(as …

Good Vibes

We opened our doors for classes on Oct 31st with roughly 25 students that followed us over from a previous gym we were at.  In 2 1/2 months our student base is now over 65 students strong!!!  Some of the guys jokingly say, “Building an EMPIRE.” hahahaha We left a very toxic environment of manipulation, deceit, oppression, and tyranny.  When …

Is asking your instructor about your belt promotion taboo?

For the first time, I had a student ask me(more like complained) why he didn’t get a blue belt at our promotion ceremony.  I was taken back by it, almost felt a little disrespected.  I didn’t know whether to be angry, or even tell the guy to pack sand and train elsewhere.  It was difficult for me to understand.  Perhaps …

GWC’s Grand Opening was a HUGE success!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KibRYLRqwxk&t=6s Thank you to everyone that came out to our Grand Opening!!!  It really meant a lot to Cowboy, Roy, Kev, and myself that so many of you came out to show your support.  Thanks HobbyK for doing a Gi(yup thas right Gi) Seminar for us.  The mats were packed!!!!  Congrats to all that were promoted or received stripes: Asian …

Congrats to the new Gracie Tampa Black Belts

Yesterday, I had the honor of attending a Promotion Ceremony at Gracie Tampa South.  It was awesome seeing friends/training partners I haven’t seen in years.  With the growth of the Gracie Tampa network of schools, guys have become spread out.  Work, kids, and life schedules get in the way as well.  I had the honor of seeing a buddy of …

The bonds made through Jiu Jitsu

It has been very busy at GWC, this weekend especially.  My buddy Professor Juan Fernandez hit me up to see if I had any game blue belts to enter into his 145-165lb 8-man tournament at ACL 2 on 2 days notice.  David Manjarres stepped up like a true warrior.  Coach Miguel and Coach Adam both came in on their Off …

White to Blue….learn to RELAX

The first month of GWC is coming to a close and I am pleased with the growth of the school.  We’ve got amazing students that work hard and work together in getting better each class.  We’ve got a full slate ahead of us in Dec with Birthday Parties at the gym, promotion ceremonies to attend, and even our own Grand …

Week 3 coming to an end

Week 3 is coming to an end and I am pleased to see the school thriving.  I know Nov and Dec are historically slow months for schools due to the holiday season, but we’ve seen a huge growth in our student base.  A lot of students followed Cowboy and I to GWC, and we’ve added a mix of experienced grapplers and …