my school had an awesome breakthrough. first we had charuto verrissimo swing by and teach for 2 whole weeks, and helped us with the first no-gi tournament we hosted. i got 2nd in my weight class 156-170 . our school doesnt have a black belt, but charuto comes at least once a year to see how we're progressing. he promoted 1 guy his purple, and another his blue. my instructor told me, just from watching my no-gi, charuto wanted to give me a blue belt, but they said my gi game was nowhere near it, which is true. im pretty sure if charuto were to give me it, i might have declined, because im nowhere near being a blue in any aspect. next time he comes, he said he wants to bring bj back with him. our instructors trained with bj, jd, regan, ross ebanez back in the day. so im pretty sure bj would be stoked just to see them. second, 3 of our guys competed this past weekend in a local mma event in favetville nc. 2 won by decision, they were both debuting amateurs, and the 3rd lost a split decision, his 4th amateur. nc recently got mma legalized, so many academies are definetely trying to be the best in nc. hopefully we'll be one someday, third, we had roan "jucao" carneiro come down and give a seminar. he is a black belt under murilo bustamante and fights under american top team. he went to the fights with us and seemed to have a great time. from what he told me, he is fighting ryo chonan next. jucao lost to ryo the first time they fought due to a cut. so he is really amped to get a 2nd crack at ryo. jucao is leaving for florida in may to train at att. my instructor might got down there in may also, and i might go with him. if it does happen maybe ill hang out with the legendary ben stark . anyways, i have just been pretty damn stoked, and i just wanted to share, and i thought you guys might want to know a little something about me too . here are pics also charuto rocking out, he has a sick black lucky gi blue belt promotion. the guy was hurt, but he didnt want to miss class, so he came anyways to take notes purple belt promotion, he is also the guy that lost a split decision class picture with charuto jucao seminar group pic, we took charuto out a lot of the nights he was here. if you have any questions about charuto or jucao's classes, or in general about them, just ask.