Photo (left to right): Justin Rader (black belt), Robert Harper (black belt), Rafael Lovato Jr. (black belt), Rafael Lovato Sr. (black belt), Travis Serna (black belt), and Jesse Sunderman (brown belt).
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma — On Saturday, January 21st, Lovato's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma had a very special belt promotion ceremony that literally doubled the number of Black Belts gracing the Sooner State's premier Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Grappling academy.
Carlos “Escorrega” Lemos’ spoke at length to OntheMat.com just prior to his departure to Rio de Janeiro where the Gracie Barra third degree black belt will be coaching American Spencer Fisher in his August 27, UFC Rio bout against Brazilian grappling ace Thiago Tavares.
In jiu-jitsu a student’s ultimate goal is get their BJJ black belt. Accomplishing this goal is not an easy task. One must dedicate years of training in the gym and competing. And even when that goal is reached a new journey begins. In this interview Lovato Black Belt Ben Baxter, discusses the component of reaching this goal and being a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Black Belt.
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After being recognized by the IBJJF for his contributions to the gentle art at the Miami Open in October, and a stellar showing at the No Gi Worlds in November, winning at weight and closing out the absolute, tragedy found its way to the newly crowned World Champion.
I just wanted to provide some information on a few tournaments and events takeing place in the central and northern california area. Please come join us. we are located in Santa Cruz and San Jose as well. enjoy the trailer video from US OPEN XV Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournament.