Friday, March 23, 2018

It’s hard to talk about yourself, but I will try my best and promise it won’t be long like my speeches in class. đŸ˜‚

I started BJJ when I was 14years old at Andre Pederneira team in Brazil, I got my black belt 3 years and half after that, I was only 17 years old. My coach, my teacher, my friend André Pederneiras was the only one I had in my career.

He told me once “Hey Man , he’s got two arms and two legs, just like your, so what can he do to you that you don’t know?” And I just decided to believe it. ☞ Jiu jitsu is my passion, my life, my hobby, my sport, my job.

I’ve been through a lot, believe me I shined a few times, but I also lost a few times too. When I lost I always knew that something I did wasn’t right, and I knew the answer “I could have pushed myself harder“ there is always an answer, it is to hard to accept that you are responsible for your own failure, but it is the only way to change it. You have to ask yourself what you could do better , it is the way to seek the right answers.

The black belt is just a belt , Royce Gracie said it best “it covers only 2” of your ass, you are responsible for the rest.“ I had and still having great achievements in my life, more than I could ask for, but I believe that I worked really hard for those , I don’t believe in luck.

Today my main goal is to see and help my students succeed at BJJ and life, and I hope they can learn something from me as I learn from them. 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Happy 38th Birthday Shaolin!

Shaolin's students wish him 38 birthday wishes and celebrate his birthday with 38 one minute rounds today!

Happy Birthday and here's to several more rolls!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Jiu Jitsu vs The World

Check out this great video documenting some of the legends and their view on what BJJ means to them, and why everyone should train!

It's a long one, but a good one, so be sure to get comfortable and be reminded of why you started training and why you'll continue it for the rest of your life!

Monday, December 21, 2015

"It's all about the heart"

Shaolin said he wanted to see their heart...we saw that and much more!
Congratulations to all the newly promoted Brown belts!

This was our biggest promotion yet of Brown Belts. Thanks to all those that supported and participated!

We also had a great kid's graduation as well! These guys showed some great technique and a lot of focus!

What a great way to end 2015!

All pics to the belt test are here:
Day 1:
Day 2:

Friday, August 28, 2015

Today was an epic day with Shaolin's youngest and oldest purple belt promotion!

Congratulations to all who were promoted today! You all worked so hard and deserved that new color around your waist!

And special thanks to all the students, white to black belt, and loved ones that came to support...couldn't have done it without you all!

More pictures can be seen in the below link....

More Pictures from the Test!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Congratulations again to friend, teammate, colleague, coach, and NEW BANTAMWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION, LORO!!!

This weekend we celebrate with Marcos "Loro" Galvao on his submission victory over Joe Warren in Bellator 135!
Thanks to all those supported in Oklahoma and on the home front at Quinn's Bar and Grill.

You can check out all the pictures from Oklahoma and from New York here:

Saturday, March 7, 2015

A great and historical turnout for today's belt graduation!

Today was history in the making with 4 affiliate schools in attendance for the belt test! Congratulations to all who tested, and thanks for all those that came to support your teammates! 
More pictures from the belt test are here: March Belt Test 3.7.15

A special surprise congratulations goes to Alex Castro for being awarded his Black Belt by Shaolin! Check out the video below!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Congrats to the new Brown Belts!

Big congratulations to Mike and Patrick for a very well earned Brown Belt!

Today's test was a tough one, and they earned every single part of the promotion.
Shaolin thanked all the other students that came to today's test, and thought that the group that came was perfect for the belt promotion:

"Today's test had a good group of guys to support and push you to your best. Getting to Brown or Black means that you have the right group of people around you to help you get there."

Thanks for all the support throughout the years, and looking forward to growing and building for the next many more!

Congratulations again!  Pictures from the test are HERE!