Team Ryan Gracie threw a major party last Saturday. Approximately 200 students on the team led by Celso Venicius showed up for the promotion ceremony at São Paulo’s Physical Gym.
“The team is growing a lot, the kids are coming together and we’re going to make a lot of noise yet!” guarantees Celsinho.
After six years as a black belt, the three-time world champion received his second stripe during one of the greatest moments of the event. The promotion was decided upon by Master Roberto Gordo in Rio de Janeiro and conducted by Professor Carlos Russo in São Paulo.
“The event has already turned into a tradition. We hold promotion ceremonies twice a year,” remarks Russo.
There was even a barbecue to satisfy the group’s hunger. To end the day in grand style, the representative of team Udi Lima got another submission win in MMA, via triangle at the Ichigeki event.
“We won some important competitions this year and a number of individual titles. The party also serves for us to celebrate that,” says Professor Pitta Jr in closing.