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Jim Alers promoted to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt

Kids & Adults Belt Promotion (April 25th, 2015)

This past Saturday’s belt ceremony marked a very special occasion for Vagner Rocha Martial Arts as we celebrated the hard work and dedication of our students over the past several months. In addition to the number of students scheduled to be awarded a new rank on Saturday, Head Instructor Vagner Rocha surprised a few additional students with a belt promotion as well. The ceremony kicked off with our kids showcasing their talents and abilities in all the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques learnt for their family and friends in attendance. After the kids’ belt promotion, the adults’ ceremony began much the same way with all students rolling with their teammates.

Memorable moments from the afternoon included the promotion of some of our VRMA instructors. Although the look of surprise on their face was priceless, the true value of their achievements lies in the first-hand experience that hard work pays off. Notably, Instructor Adrian Benavides and Devin Moultrie were promoted to brown belt, and our VRMA Plantation Instructor Jim Alers was awarded his black belt. As students of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu know, the work ethic, commitment, and perseverance it takes to attain a black belt is virtually unmatched. As such, the room erupted with emotion the moment Vagner removed his own belt from his waist and promoted Jim Alers to the rank of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt.

Jim had this to share about the experience:

"After almost 10 years in BJJ I received my Black Belt today!!! I have put in the mat time, the hours in the gym, I have studied the sport and have competed around the world. I've made friends that I will have for a life time and memories that I will always look back on. Blood sweat and tears occur on the regular for me. I will continue to learn and live the BJJ lifestyle. Thank you Vagner Rocha for always being there for me since the day I met you. It's an honor to be a black belt under you. You are a great instructor and friend." -Jim Alers

Here are the pictures from kids & adults Vagner Rocha Martial Arts belt promotion: