NW Jiu Jitsu Academy was proudly represented by a core cadre of master and senior ranked fighters affectionately known as "Team Senility" this past weekend at UC Long Beach, CA.
The absolute standout this weekend was without a doubt Denise Holcomb who took double silver in both her division and the absolute. Both times fighting a girl 16+ years younger representing Nova Unaio with none other then Robson Moura coaching her. Yes my friends you heard correctly... THE Robson Mora was shouting instructions in Portuguese to his first degree black belt right next to Brian and I coaching Denise! It was awesome, as Denise showed the months of training and hard work she has put into Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Again this was Denise's first major tournament, and the first time she has fought since purple belt.
Outstanding job both of you! Brian, myself, and all your team mates could not be prouder of the two of you! Both Perry and Denise are exemplary role models for any and all students of the martial arts.
Also wanted to take this moment to thank our coach Brian J. Johnson. I am not sure if most of you understand what it is like to have a teacher, a true teacher.... guide you through an art with nothing but pure love for you and the art itself... I am not sure if many of you have experienced this. But I have, and I wanted to say from the bottom of my heart "Thank you" to my coach, my friend, my training partner, and very much my mentor, Brian Johnson. Without you... none of this is possible. We will never be able to repay you for all you have given us!
Train Hard. Train Smart.