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tallgeese
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Joined: 04 May 2008
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Location: McHenry County, IL
Styles: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Bujin Bugei Jutsu, Gokei Ryu Kempo Jutsu, MMA, Shootfighting, boxing, kickboxing, JKD, Pekiti Tersia Kali

PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 2:22 pm    Post subject: BJJ Black Belt Reply with quote

Some of you have seen this on Facebook, but for those that haven't I wanted to pass on that I was awarded my BJJ Black Belt last Saturday after a seminar that my coach ran.

Even though I've ranked in other arts, this one was particularly special to me. The duration of training, the hours, the times I'd wanted to take it up all factor in to how I view this promotion vs. others.

I've had some great coaches and training partner that have made this happen, including some of the people that lurk around here (GS, MP, and occassioanlly LP.)

Thanks to everyone for that.

This has been a journy that started no gi for me in 2006. I then moved to gi and went entierly BJJ in 2009. I've been doing it primarily since. However, my desire to be a good grappler goes back to UFC 1 when I, and everyone else of my age, watched Royce Gracie introduce it to the world. After that I got into Shootfighting in the mid 90's to fill the void until I finally had the opportunity, time, and disposable income (mywife would argue that last one ) to do BJJ.

It's been a great journey so far and I can't wait to see where it goes from here.
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pittbullJudoka
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Joined: 25 Jun 2004
Posts: 1169
Location: Tennessee
Styles: Ryu Kyu Kempo,Wrestling,Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats sir
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Patrick
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats Alex! I'm really happy for you.

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Joined: 31 Mar 2006
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats on your promotion, Alex! Very well deserved! Judging by the videos that you share with us here, your students are very, very fortunate. Keep up the great work!
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Joined: 23 Feb 2008
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Location: Las Vegas, NV
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats, Alex....very well deserved. Feels good, huh?

Not that you've anything to prove to me, I just want to say...you're definitely a black belt that CAN teach; your students are in great hands!!



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Lupin1
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Joined: 15 Dec 2009
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Location: Texas USA
Styles: Isshinryu

PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow. That's awesome in the full "awe" sense of the word. I have a ton of respect for BJJ black blacks. The sheer amount of training that goes it to it makes it such a unique accomplishment. Way to go!
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Nidan Melbourne
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Joined: 21 Aug 2013
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Location: Melbourne, Australia
Styles: Goju-Ryu, BJJ, Balintawak Arnis

PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats Tallgeese
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jaypo
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Joined: 26 Apr 2012
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Styles: Shotokan, Shorin Ryu

PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats! I know only 1 BJJ black belt and a bunch of other brown and blue belts, and I know their skill level. Never having trained in BJJ but seeing their skill level at a lower belt shows me that to obtain a black belt in BJJ, your skill level must be amazing.

So congrats on your awesome accomplishment!
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Joined: 02 Oct 2006
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 2:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats mate, excellent news
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations Alex
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