Originally Posted by kodi19
How do you out grapple a four time NCAA All American?
Remember BJ started B.J.J. training in 1997.
May, 1997 Enters first tournament in Bakersfield, CA and wins both his weight and the open weight class.
June, 1997 Enters the Joe Moreira tournament as a blue belt winning his weight class.
June, 1997 Wins submission grappling tournament
1997 Enters Brasileiro and places 4th in his weight class, blue belt category
1997 Continues to enter tournaments upon return from Brazil placing first consistently
1997 Receives blue belt from Ralph Gracie
1998 Silver medal at Brazilian Mundials competition in his weight division; receives purple belt upon return
1999 Bronze medal at Brazilian Mundials in heavier weight class as a newly promoted Nova Uniao brown belt.
1999 Gold medal, Copa Pacific Tournament in Los Angeles
1999 Receives Black belt from Andre Pederneiras just 3 weeks before the 2000 Mundials
1999 Joins Nova Uniao Competition Team (reserved for the four top team competitors)
2000 First non-Brazilian to win gold medal in black belt division of the Mundial World Championships held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.