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Joe Scarola of GMA Gracie Barra Long Island promotes first black belt

Promoted students at Gracie Barra Long Island. Photo: Personal archive
Promoted students at Gracie Barra Long Island. Photo: Personal archive

In New Hyde Park, NY, GMA Gracie Barra Long Island students celebrated new rankings on Jan. 29. Professor Joe Scarola, second degree black belt, was the leader of the promotions and he handed out a very special one.

Regarding the promotion he writes: “Last Thursday was a very special day for Gracie Barra Long Island. We had a packed house for our promotion ceremony. I was so happy to see the support from all of our students. Also happy to have our black belt guests in the house. Congratulations to everyone that got promoted. Let’s keep growing and bringing each other to the next level.”

Joe and Carlos. Photo: Personal archive
Joe and Carlos. Photo: Personal archive

The special moment came when Carlos Rosado became Joe’s first black belt student. Carlos is an active competitor in the New York area and instructor at GB Long Island.

Joe writes: “I’ve known Carlos since he was around 17 years old. I’ve seen him grow in so many ways. There are so many great memories I have of him coming up through the ranks. From becoming such an excellent competitor, instructor, friend, and now a father.. I couldn’t be prouder to call him my first black belt :).”
Packed house at GB Long Island. Photo: Personal archive
Packed house at GB Long Island. Photo: Personal archive
Here is a list of the full promotions:

Carlos Rosado – Black belt

Vanessa Molina- Brown belt

Craig Dietsch- Brown belt

Shane Murphy- Purple belt

Jorge Martinez – Blue belt

Vinny Desantis- Blue belt

Mike Mondello – Blue belt

Brian Lynch – Blue belt

Watch Carlos’ promotion here:

Check out more of GMA Gracie Barra Long Island at www.gblongisland.com

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