Last weekend, four students were promoted at Savarese Jiu Jitsu Academy in Lyndhurst. The Park Ave Academy holds it’s competition class (Blitz) every Saturday. All four were promoted after the hour long competition type training by Professor Chris Savarese, the school’s owner.
Longtime student Brian Procel received a 2nd stripe on his Brown Belt. Procel is coming off an excellent showing at the 2016 IBJJF World Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championship in Long Beach California where he won one of his matches by choke in 29 seconds against a very seasoned competitor from the West Coast. His competitor had already won multiple tournaments across the nation this year, but Procel persevered. Brian has been doing well himself during this competition year medaling at a couple of different tournaments. I’m looking forward to see what the rest of the year has in store for him.
Eric Estevez was promoted to the 1st stripe on his Purple Belt. Eric has been training BJJ for 6 years and is one of the most committed students in the school. He is at class almost every day trying to improve and has one of the best guards at the Academy. Eric has also jumped into the competition scene this year for the first time, testing himself in an effort to improve his skills.
Danny “DRod” Rodrigues also received the 1st stripe on his Purple Belt. Danny is a great learner and follower of the program at Savarese BJJ. There is no doubt that he is headed for blackbelt one day because he is slowly improving every week by following the curriculum, especially on the passing end. Most lightweights his size just train their bottom game and practice their guard 90% of the time. Not him.
He is very well rounded, one of the better guys I’ve seen in that regard. He isn’t uncomfortable in any position. We are excited to see where he will be in 2 years.
Henry Talasans received his 3rd stripe on his White Belt. Henry is already showing signs of having an excellent submission game from his closed guard and is improving every day because of the consistency of his training.