Gracie Barra Fulham | BJJ | Belt Graduation | 17th of March

On the 17th of March, last month, we had our Belt Graduation.

We counted with the presence of 9 Professors and another 60 students.

It was an amazing and very emotional day.

Big shout out to Robert Galluccio "Lobinho" for being promoted to the Black Belt by Professor Lucio "Lagarto".

The message I want to leave in this post is: Keep training, keep learning, and never give up!

When you’re learning you’re basically lifting weights with your brain.  Studying and training BJJ will keep your brain quick, agile and young.  As well, learning is invigorating and confidence building.  The only way you can master BJJ is by being a master student.  Learning BJJ is scary; but ultimately, learning anything new is scary.  You feel incompetent, foolish, stupid and frustrated.  But you know what’s worse than feeling incompetent, foolish and stupid?  BEING incompetent, foolish and stupid.  Learn new things and become a master student.  The more you learn about the world around you, the more engaging and interesting the world around you will become.

The more you fail, the more you learn, the more you learn the more you succeed.   When you get arm barred, figure out how you got arm barred.  Question and observe the moves that got you into that position.  If you’re smart and contemplative with your training, over time you’ll find yourself getting arm barred fewer and fewer times.  Mastering Jiu Jitsu means mastering how to learn.

Photos by Ross Finnegan