On December 8th, the GMA Valente Brothers hosted a special graduation event at their headquarters in North Miami Beach called “Helio Gracie Belt Ceremony” that counted with the honorable presence of Royce Gracie and over 450 students and friends who attended.
The peak of the day had two emotional moments with the graduation of their first female Black Belt, and a little boy who received a promotion in the name of his father who passed this year.
About the occasion the Valente Bros said:
“Words cannot describe our feeling of gratitude and happiness after Monday’s Helio Gracie Belt Ceremony held at Valente Brothers Headquarters in North Miami Beach. There were so many incredible moments. We had our first female Black Belt, Regis Giles, who began training when she was only 8 years old in our Youth Program. Also, we awarded a posthumous Black Belt to our dear brother Nelson Semedo, who passed this year. His wife and son were in attendance and received the Belt. Raffaella and Lionel, this was very important to all of us, thank you so much. Lastly, I would like to congratulate all new belt recipients and thank all our students, friends and Royce Gracie, who along with his Black Belts joined us to demonstrate the VB spirit of mutual welfare and benefit, supporting our brothers and sisters who received their new ranks. “