December 14, 2012 at 6:45 PM
During Professor Robert's (yes, the official title for a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt instructor is Professor... the more you know Nanaimo!) recent trip to Toronto, there was more than just seminar-related awesomeness afoot. There was also promotion-related awesomeness! John, one of Robert's students from prior to his time in Nanaimo, arrived for the seminar with no idea that a promotion ceremony was about to take place. When some of the participants donned their gis, he knew something was up, but as the promotion ceremony began, Robert's speech contained enough misdirection to keep John from realizing that he would be receiving his purple belt that day. Pulling off a truly meaningful and utterly perfect surprise isn't easy, but no one could be more worthy of the planning necessary to do so. John was present at Robert's black belt promotion in Florida, and for him to be the recipient of the first belt promotion Robert was able to confer as a black belt was a tremendous honor for Island Top Team's head instructor. John represents the Island Top Team training ethos and unique BJJ style with alacrity, and we are looking forward to seeing him here in the Harbour City for a training visit. Congratulations John!