"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. " John F. Kennedy
This past weekend would have not been possible without the help of so many people and I'm truly thankful to everyone who has been a part of my journey in Jiu Jitsu and life.
The first person I'd like to thank is Rylan Lizares. Rylan was my first teacher and mentor, his biggest lessons had nothing to do with arm bars or chokes but life. He has helped shape me into the person I am and no matter where life takes me I will always be eternally grateful and thankful for all he's done. Thank you Rylan and huge congrats to you and Tiff on the birth of your daughter!
The second person I'd like to thank is my professor, friend and brother Caio Terra. Caio has always been by my side, during the good times and more importantly during my darkest moments. He has inspired me to be a better person, a better father and a better friend.
In 2012 when I made the choice of joining CTA I not only in trusted Caio with the future of my students but also the future of my family. In retrospect it was the best decision I ever made and I'm so blessed to have him in my life. Obrigado Irmao.
Lastly my life would have no meaning if it weren't for my family. To my wife who has always supported me, I LOVE YOU. For anyone who trains with a family they know it's not easy and she made it possible. To my kids, Emma and Pono, you give me a reason to wake up every morning stoked on life. The word love doesn't do justice in describing how I feel about you two.
Thanks again everyone, the journey continues!
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Starting off the four day event were OSS athletes Andy Tomas Murasaki, and Taylor...