Our GMA Jorge Britto, a Jiu-Jitsu professor living in Canada, got slammed with one of those losses that cause even the thickest-skinned athletes to break down. And he turned his sadness into a show of affection and love.
Last May 19, the leader of Toronto BJJ lost his purple belt Seana Rossi, who had been battling cancer since 2006.
“After spending months fighting bravely, Seana Rossi left to join God. However, her time here served to inspire us all in our daily struggles, from the easiest to the most difficult. The worst defeat is when we stop fighting, and she didn’t stop fighting until her last breath, until she had tried her last recourse,” wrote Jorge.
“This Tuesday, May 23, a wake was held in her memory. The church was packed to celebrate an intense and happy life. Friends and family members were present to pay final tribute. On my part, I could not leave out promoting Seana to Jiu-Jitsu black belt (in memoriam), for all she did and represented in life for all of us. She represents the attributes of a warrior and the values of Jiu-Jitsu that we all fight to defend. And as a black belt is a white belt who never gave up, Seana would surely have completed the mission, as she never, ever gave up.”
GRACIEMAG.com extends its wishes for strength and comfort to the family members, friends and everyone who had the opportunity to train with and learn from the fighter.