The guys on the pics are important in my BJJ evolution. They supported, support and help me getting better.
A massive thanks to my coach Steve Cowan, Black Belt under maestro ZeMarcello. You always believed in me, never said much but always demonstrated your support when I needed the it most. That Brown Belt I proudly wear, I owe to you.
Thank you Maestro ZeMarcello, people are proud to be coached in important teams such as Atos, AOJ or MGinaction. I am proud to be part of Icon BJJ.
As Steve, you always have been with me in all my important tournaments from the English Open to The BJJ EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP, where I won 1 bronze, 1 silver and 2 gold under your guidance.
Finally Luke, my training partner. Luke is purple belt at Icon BJJ and we spend 4 mornings a week from 5-6.30am improving our BJJ, then we keep on with some conditioning.
I am not ashamed to say that Luke is my "worst" opponent, as we train so much together, we know each other which makes it really difficult when we spar.
On top of that his guard game is deadly and his top game is getting better everyday.
I feel blessed, I was really proud of becoming Brown belt but I always felt that I was not totally ready for it.
In fact, I became Brown Belt after 5 years of practicing BJJ and 2 years "off" due to the birth of the first of my two sons.
Steve once told me, "some deserve their belt for different reasons and they GROW INTO BROWN BELT".
I took at heart to make Steve and Ze proud, I am at Brown belt competition level, but technically I feel like a Blue belt.
There are so many gaps in my game, so many basics that need to be worked on.
I am thanks to Luke's support and the work we put on every week starting to feel the difference, I feel that I am growing into the BROWN BELT STEVE AND ZE SAW IN ME...