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GB Westchase celebrates year of success and plans expansion

Professor Ulpiano Malachias
Professor Ulpiano Malachias

2014 was a big year for Gracie Barra Westchase. The addition of Black Belt Inacio Neto to the already talented pool of instructors brought in a fierce competition class, as well as new striking coaches Francisco Rivera and Oliver Jimenez, and growth in all of it’s programs. But what is the main contributor to the success of a school such as GB Westchase? The answer is simple: loyalty.

Black Belt, Ulpiano Malachias, has made his academy into a home for everyone who wears the Gracie Barra patch. He considers his students his teammates, and leads by example without hesitation. He trains with upper and lower belts, with the kids and adults, and passes down his knowledge to anyone who asks. His background in MMA and competitive Jiu Jitsu, as well as his diversity in working with black belts around the world, has enabled him to connect with just about everyone who walks through his doors, and they reciprocate.

These bonds grow stronger and stronger, making Gracie Barra Westchase a safe place for learning and growing as a family. Two long-time employees were also recognized at the anniversary party for their outstanding efforts as program directors, coaches and students themselves and they largely contribute to the family friendly environment that GBW is so well known for. In addition to making sure the academy runs smoothly and the students are given the best chance to learn and train! In early 2016, GB Westchase will be expanding again and moving to a new larger location so stay tuned!

For more info, go to gbwestchase.com

Text and Photo: Joaquin Garay /mmawin

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