10 get BJJ promotion

Black Belt professor Steve Roberto, front row fourth left, of Purebred Headquarters Guam poses with Saipan’s BJJ practitioners during a promotion ceremony last Friday at the Trench Tech Gym. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Ten Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners got their new belts during last Saturday’s promotion ceremony at the Trench Tech Gym in Garapan.

Trench Tech president Cuki Alvarez led the promoted individuals, as he received his brown belt (from purple) from no less than Black Belt professor Steve Roberto of Purebred Headquarters Guam.

The honor roll also included Erin Dean, Sharon Paek, and Byron Fujihira, who started the program with stripes and now have white belts. From white belts, Giovonni Taitingfong, Jeff Garcia, and Paulo Sangalang now owns blue belts, while Shane Alvarez, Vince Masga, and Ken Tanzawa got their purple (from blue) belts.

“To those who were promoted, keep striving to improve your skill set and continue to enjoy the Jiu-Jitsu journey. We will always be students of the game and life in general. Every promotion is just the beginning and small step to more and more knowledge yet to be harnessed,” Alvarez said.

Roberto, during the promotion ceremony, also encouraged the promoted individuals and other BJJ practitioners to continue learning the discipline and stay committed to it.

Before handing over the belts to the Cuki and company, Roberto conducted a BJJ clinic for Trench Tech members for more than one hour. He demonstrated the basic and advanced techniques in BJJ, giving emphasis on how to effectively use one’s grappling skills in forcing an opponent to tap out.

Meanwhile, Trench Tech is reminding interested individuals to register for The Art of War 12 set this Dec. 30.

Entry fee is $20 and the competition will also be held at the Trench Tech Gym from 9am to 4pm

The Art of War 2 is supported by Trench Tech Purebred Saipan, Monster Energy, Hagu Next, Purebred, IT&E, Hertz, and Mango Resort and will feature different weight classes. To register, contact Cuki at 783-4MMA (4662).

Roselyn Monroyo | Reporter
Roselyn Monroyo is the sports reporter of Saipan Tribune. She has been covering sports competitions for more than two decades. She is a basketball fan and learned to write baseball and football stories when she came to Saipan in 2005.

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