Hamilton, Ontario’s New BJJ Black Belt’s Dave Mark & Dean Massicotte – Congrats!


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A Great Weekend at Joslin’s BJJ in Hamilton!

Last weekend was pretty awesome! We raised close to $1000 for prostate cancer research through our in-house Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament. A ton of people came out to the event and the competitors had plenty of fun as they battled it out for medals and a few championship belts, all for a great cause.

Afterwards I held my first ever BJJ black belt grading where I tested two of my longtime students, Dave Mark and Dean Massicotte,  for the faixa preta (black belt in Portuguese).

After a short warm-up, Dave was up first. He flowed through his eight minute long technical demonstration very smoothly and executed a huge variety of take downs, guard passes, escapes, sweeps and of course submissions. A great teacher as well, Dave studies the game of BJJ diligently and possesses a ton of technical knowledge.

After that, he became the man in the middle, having to face a fresh sparring partner every minute for quite a while.

Showing a lot of heart and great technique, he pushed hard through it all doing extremely well with everyone that stepped up onto the mat to face him. At the very end he and I matched up to roll. Two minutes later, we were back on our feet and I had the pleasure of wrapping his waist with the belt that few people ever achieve –took Dave close to 14 years I believe–, the BLACK BELT!

Here’s a video with a few of Dave’s grading highlights

Next up was Dean Massicotte!

In the weeks previous, I had been noticing that Dean –along with his demo partner Jack– was spending a ton of extra time after class preparing for the technical demonstration he was set to do at the grading.

On the weekend, all of that hard work payed off! He blasted his way through an amazing and inspiring display of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Starting with some solid and very important self defense movements, Dean progressed to showing some nice take downs, then went on to  lock on a bunch submissions, passed a few guards then swept his training partner using many slick attacks.

Just like Dave, I put him to spar next against a new, fresh, and fired up rolling partner every minute or so. One by one, he worked his way through them all busting out a few nice submissions in the process.  The crowd cheered often as he showed why he deserved the belt presentation he would soon be receiving.

Ten minutes later Dean was a BJJ BLACK BELT!

I was very proud to present him with it, that’s for sure.

Here’s Dean’s grading highlight vid…

Afterwards, about fifty of us went out to eat and celebrate!

I must say that presenting each of these two great guys with their black belts was very special to me as it was the first time I’ve ever awarded that rank to anyone in the art Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I look forward to the next time I get the chance to do it.

Congrats guys!

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