Over the past 19 years I have learned a lot. I have learned I am not as tough as I think I am. I have learned that BJJ is probably one of the most difficult endeavors one can ever partake on, and I have learned how to recognize outstanding instructors. This has come via tremendous trial and error, spending countless hours and tens of thousands of dollars training with some of the best, those whom are considered the best, and those who think they are the best and really are just terrible! When I first met Brian the combination of his ability to DO, and TEACH is what I felt made him the best around. He remains one of the most underrated, unknown BJJ competitors, teachers, and ambassadors for the art! All these attributes came to fruition this past weekend with a visit from Brian's teachers John Will, and David Meyer (2 of BJJ's "Dirty Dozen").
Please join me in congratulating the NW Jiu Jitsu Academy's very own Brian J. Johnson on his promotion to 2nd degree Black Belt on Saturday July 10th, 2010. John Will & David Meyer were up in Seattle, WA. offering lessons and getting in some mat time with Brian, and here is what was shared:
"If I lived stateside their is only two people I would seek out to train with; David Meyer and Brian Johnson." - John B. Will
"Brian is not only an amazing competitor, but is also one of the finest people I have ever met. His jiu jitsu has transcended the mat." - David Meyer
Congrats Brian, I am proud to call you my teacher, and even more so to consider you my friend.