Tonight's training included two exciting events. First, we welcomed newly-crowned World Champion Babak Alimoradian back from Abu Dhabi, and congratulated him on his amazing win, and his new purple belt. Who would ever imagine that right here in little ol' Marbella, Spain, we'd have a World Champion. Incredible!
Something interesting we learned: When they make gold medals in Abu Dhabi, they go all out — Babak's included a spinner in the middle with an inscribed image of none other than Jesus Christ himself. We also discovered that the rumored prize of 8,000 barrels of petroleum was not true; turned out it was more like
… well, we won't go there, in case Babak has some creative tax planning in mind.
Anyway, I pointed out to Babak, that I was proud to be able to say that I've personally arm-barred a world champion, and then he pointed out that that's not true; he wasn't a world champion when I arm-barred him, and that I'll have to try it now. I tried three times tonight — a triangle, a teepee submission and an armbar — and couldn't pull off any. Oh well, my quest continues…
In other news, Andalucia Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu pioneer, Augusto Aloisio, (and one of the original members of our club) was awarded the prized brown belt. It was a long time coming, and Augusto really deserved it. He's been on the winning side of many exciting championship fights both here in Spain and at the Europeans, and we all look forward to seeing him continue to maintain his competitive level and spirit at the brown belt. Congratulations, Augusto — onward now to the Faixa Preta!
Finally, it was good to welcome Sam Hall back to the dojo tonight. I rolled with Sam and noticed a marked improvement since his move to England. He's now a fourth-degree white, and you can tell he earned his stripes.
I'll leave you all with a video of tonight's happenings: