We had a special guest, Professor Renato “Babalu” Sobral from Babalu’s Iron Gym today, for our first BJJ Promotion Ceremony.
Professor Babalu gave a special class showing several techniques for the students, along with competition tips. Afterwards, the students sparred, along with a “gauntlet” for “soon-to-be” promoted Blue Belt student, Daniel.
At the end of the ceremony, Professor Michael was presented with a plaque from Professor Babalu, awarding the school as Babalu’s Iron Gym’s Premier Affiliate School.
We are honored and thankful to have Professor Babalu and his family join us at our first BJJ Promotion Ceremony
It is wonderful to come together as a big family and share a meal. Spending time together, building our community is a big part of being in the Grey Wolf family.
We are thankful for all of the parents who spend their time and energy bringing their children to our school, and for the students that appreciate the gift of Jiu-Jitsu. We are not only building stronger students, but also building confidence, self reliance, self esteem.
Late February marked the heavyest February snow storms for the last 100 years. Our power was off, taken out from fallen trees and tree limbs. The roads were full of snow and ice, making travel difficult and impossible at times. The lines for propane were long.
The weather started to clear up at the start of March, and the Tournament being held in Redmond, OR, was not cancelled.
The drive to Redmond was unfortunately eventful, with a swerve on the road from the ice when we were driving up towards Hoodoo’s peak. We were fortunate enough to have avoided the oncoming traffic. We attached our tire chains and continued onward to Redmond.
After the 4 hour drive, we’ve reached an even colder town of Redmond, with icicles hanging over a foot in length. The tournament was being held at the Oregon Army National Guard Armory.
Nate had to move up in weight division to have an opponent. The rules for the tournament and for his division, was Submission Only, “Best of 3” Rounds, with each Round being 5 minutes.
Round 1 – Tied with no submission Round 2 – Tied with no submission Round 3 – Tied with no submission Round 4 (Overtime) – Tied with no submission, Lost due to Referee’s Decision
Nate earned his Silver medal for this division, after 20 minutes of hard-fought competition and for not getting submitted.
Nate was going to compete in the Absolute GI, NoGi & Absolute NoGi. But his rib shifted out of place again, so we were done for the day.
We thank Connection Rio and Professor Dennis Ashe for hosting and organizing this event.