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#420869 - 07/14/09 07:01 PM Just got my BJJ Blue Belt!
Xibalba Offline

Registered: 03/11/05
Posts: 499
Loc: Lansing, MI, USA

Just writing to share the good news: Myself and another student were promoted to blue belt in Machado Jiu-Jitsu last night by Ryan Fiorenzi of East West Martial Arts in Canton, MI. My training group in Lansing, MI has recently affiliated with Ryan's school, and these promotions are hopefully the first of many to come grin.

Well, thanks for listening. Now it is back to the mats for me, 'cuz now the real learning begins...


#420878 - 07/15/09 09:33 AM Re: Just got my BJJ Blue Belt! [Re: Xibalba]
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Registered: 11/25/04
Posts: 15634
Loc: York PA. USA
Great job, Mike! Quite an accomplishment.......and I would know, as I am still a white belt, on training hiatus for now.

I'M SO JEALOUS!!!!! blush LOL
"In case you ever wondered what it's like to be knocked out, it's like waking up from a nightmare only to discover it wasn't a dream." -Forrest Griffin

#420880 - 07/15/09 12:00 PM Re: Just got my BJJ Blue Belt! [Re: Xibalba]
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Registered: 07/28/04
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Congrats. Training with toddlers makes all the difference.

#420922 - 07/18/09 11:06 AM Re: Just got my BJJ Blue Belt! [Re: oldman]
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#420930 - 07/18/09 06:50 PM Re: Just got my BJJ Blue Belt! [Re: Dereck]
Fletch1 Offline
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Registered: 06/21/04
Posts: 2218
Loc: Florida
Huge congrats! That is the first big step and one that 95% of those who start BJJ never see.

Stick around. The fun is just starting.

#420935 - 07/19/09 12:32 PM Re: Just got my BJJ Blue Belt! [Re: Fletch1]
Xibalba Offline

Registered: 03/11/05
Posts: 499
Loc: Lansing, MI, USA
Thanks for all the props, folks. It means a lot to me!

This was almost 2 1/2 years in the making. I know I still have lots to learn, and I am most excited about the learning opportunities that have opened up to me now that I got promoted grin.

A few months ago about a dozen of us at my former group left our old school to train in a basement, facilitated by my good friend and training partner Matt, who holds the rank of one-stripe blue belt. Our old instructor was great at imparting the beginning basics, but once many of us started approaching blue belt level, there was no plan for our continued learning, and many of us were stagnating. We sought out an affilition with Ryan Fiorenzi, and Matt drives about twice a week to train at Ryan's school and bring back the BJJ goodness. I personally try to make it to Ryan's every 3-4 weeks as the family schedule allows grin. This arrangement has been very good for us, as we all have seen our games improve phenomenally over the past few months under Ryan/Matt's tutelage. We all feel that our future in BJJ is very bright indeed.

Thanks again for the words of encourgement. Matt, get back to the dojo, man! Oldman, keep up the good stuff with your PMA RDA experiment! As for me, I am visiting the in-laws in California this week, and will do some great training out here and hopefully bring back a few nuggets of goodness to my Michigan training partners when I return!



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