Congratulations to two long time friends and training partners, Alex Ecklin and Aaron Smith for receiving their Black Belts from Vitor Shaolin.
Alex received his Black belt on April 20 and Aaron received his black belt today!
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!
This year's holiday party at Quinn's was a special one, with not just 1, but 2 new Black Belt promotions by Shaolin!
Julio, affiliate owner of Omni Martial Arts, once a colleague and very long time friend was promoted along side with Evor, Shaolin's very first Black Belt from White to Black!
Both received it in complete surprise and there was an interesting mix of emotions from the two as you can see in the video! It was a special night for Julio, as he and his wife are expecting their first baby! A very well earned promotion by both and we look forward to the start of their journey!
On 10.18.14, Vitor Shaolin was in the main event for a superfight with Nino Schembri.
Both are former champions who now run successful academies in America.
Shaolin was able to come out victorious with a score of 8-0.
Jiu-Jitsu Global Federation had this to say about the fight :
"This match was scheduled for 15 minutes under IBJJF rules. In the final super fight of the night, Vitor "Shaolin" strategically pulled Nino into his classic half-guard position with the one knee shield. During the many half-guard passing attempts by Nino, Vitor went on the attack to make the first sweep in typical Shaolin fashion quickly transitioning from the half-guard sweep position to a standing takedown gaining the first 2 points. The rest of the match was mostly closed guard action for Nino having Shaolin opening and attempting to pass. Vitor racked up points in the stand up position with additional takedowns. The final score after 15 minutes was 8 to 0 with Shaolin's hand going up by the referee." Link: https://www.jjgf.com/news/world-jiu-jitsu-expo-super-fight-main-events-reflection
Photo Credit: Gracie Mag for both pictures
Also, big congratulations to Shaolin's good friend Robson Moura who was able to win in the co-main event with a beautiful choke.
For those of you who have been training in the main academy, you may have taken a few classes with guest instructor Caju. Caju flew out to California with Shaolin and competed in the Long Beach Open where he won his division.
We are so proud to have such a talented and supportive family at VSBJJA. And a special shout out to all those from Bronx Jiu Jitsu who shared in the celebration! Congratulations on a job well done and a belt well deserved. Let's keep training hard and keep taking it to the next level!