7 Blue Belts
May 22, 2023

    We are thrilled to announce the recent promotion of seven exceptional individuals to the rank of blue belt. Each of these dedicated students has shown immense commitment, skill, and perseverance throughout their jiu-jitsu journey. Join us in celebrating their achievements and recognizing the unique qualities that set them apart.

    Mikey ZMikey Z: A Well-Deserved Milestone:
    We kick off our celebration with Mikey Z, who has reached a significant milestone in his jiu-jitsu journey by receiving his blue belt. Mikey’s unwavering dedication and consistent effort have paid off, and this promotion is a testament to his growth and progress on the mats. We congratulate Mikey on this well-deserved achievement and look forward to witnessing his continued development.

    Alec McKinneyAlec McKinney: Paving the Way as the First Student:
    Alec McKinney holds a special place in our academy’s history as our first-ever student. His commitment, loyalty, and passion for jiu-jitsu have been an inspiration to everyone around him. As he dons his blue belt, we celebrate his journey and recognize his role in building the foundation of our jiu-jitsu community.

    Jose SendukJose Senduk: Overcoming Challenges, Achieving Greatness:
    Jose Senduk’s journey to the blue belt has been remarkable, especially considering the unique circumstances he faces as a completely blind student. Despite this challenge, Jose has not only competed regularly but also emerged victorious, consistently winning gold medals. His perseverance and determination are truly inspiring, and we are immensely proud of his accomplishments.

    Keoni McGeeKeoni McGee: A Testament to Resilience and Development:
    Keoni McGee, one of our original students, has faced his fair share of obstacles, including injuries. However, his unwavering commitment and dedication to his practice have led to remarkable technical development. Keoni’s resilience serves as a shining example to all, highlighting the importance of perseverance in the pursuit of one’s goals.

    Shane "Train" MammenShane “Train” Mammen: A Student of Diligence and Inquisitiveness:
    Shane Mammen’s insatiable thirst for knowledge and his dedication to refining his skills have earned him his well-deserved blue belt. Known for his studious approach to training, Shane consistently seeks to expand his understanding of jiu-jitsu. His passion and inquisitiveness contribute to his growth as a practitioner.

    Nate PiperNate Piper: Balancing Family and Commitment:
    Nate Piper’s journey to the blue belt is a testament to his unwavering dedication, even while balancing family responsibilities. Nate’s commitment to attending practices and his disciplined mindset have paved the way for his progress. He exemplifies the notion that with dedication and focus, one can achieve great things on and off the mats.

    Garrett MunsonGarrett Munson: Surpassing Expectations, Setting New Standards:
    Garrett Munson’s remarkable performance at the recent Grappling Industries Tournament left no doubt about his readiness for the blue belt. Demonstrating exceptional skills and mental fortitude, Garrett triumphed through 11 matches in four divisions, earning two gold medals and a bronze. His impressive achievements compelled us to recognize his tremendous growth and reward his dedication.

    7 Blue BeltsThe promotion of these seven exceptional individuals to the rank of blue belt is a testament to their unwavering dedication, perseverance, and passion for jiu-jitsu.

    We celebrate Mikey Z, Alec McKinney, Jose Senduk, Keoni McGee, Shane “Train” Mammen, Nate Piper, and Garrett Munson for their individual journeys and the unique qualities they bring to our academy. Their achievements inspire us all and remind us of the transformative power of jiu-jitsu. We look forward to witnessing their continued growth and success as they embark on the next chapter of their journey.

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