BJJ Promotions October 2015

New Belt Promotions for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Students in Woodbridge, VA

At Trident Academy of Martial Arts, our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program is unique.  As a school, we our under the legendary, Master Rigan Machado.  Trident founder, Pat Tray, is a Black Belt under Rigan Machado, but also welcomes BJJ instructors from other families and lineages to share the art with our students.  BJJ Black Belt, Ivan Rios is under Carlson Gracie, Jr and founder of Team Iron Dog Jiu-Jitsu.  In addition, many of our students train in Sensei Erik Paulson's Combat Submission Wrestling, one of the finest curriculums to encompass any and all grappling styles into one functional system to enable and empower all practitioners.

Congratulations to everyone who recently got promoted in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It was great to see such an awesome turnout. Our program is growing and the quality of of Jiu-Jitsu going on continues to improve.  

One of the many highlights of this day was to see our teenagers reach the age of 16, the minimum age usually required before being allowed to wear the rank of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt.  Congrats to Christian Esquilin and Abby Ayala

Slideshow by Trident’s iPhone

Promotion ceremony 14 October 2015

Posted by Jose Esquilin Photography on Wednesday, October 14, 2015


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  1. Ben GilbertNovember 10, 2015

    Updated page with some of the awesome Action pics taken by Jose Esquilin Photography who attended the event.

  2. Ben GilbertNovember 10, 2015

    OK, done for now… more to come soon.

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