Another big happening in 2012 was David Derosa earning his Black Belt and becoming the 4th Black Belt at Komar Jiu Jitsu. Dave joins Rich (1st degree), Bill Myers, and Joe Schmidt at Komar Jiu Jitsu as Black Belts. Dave has been training with me since he earned his purple from Hassetts Jiu Jitsu in 2006. He is also a 4th degree Black Belt at Vineland Judo. Just having Dave in the room makes everyone else better.
We also promoted several students to Brown Belt this year. Steve Mcgee who came to us as a blue belt from Nashville Tenn. Danny Rameriz who came to us as a 3rd degree purple from Modern Fighting Concepts in Absecon, NJ. We also have 2 home grown Brown Belts, Gasper Oliver and Carlos Rodriguez, both started training with me in 2006 at my house. They are both involved in UFC events, Gasper as a referee, and Carlos as a judge. They bring a lot of talent and passion to the mats every night. Gasper runs our kids program and keeps the little ones moving with a lot of drills, Muay Thai, and Jiu Jitsu. Carlos is always around willing to help wherever, being a former boxer he work our hands into shape along with his passion for insanity workouts many of our students are dropping weight and looking good.
Other promotions this year saw me (Richard Komar) receive my first degree on my Black Belt from Philip Migliarese. This was a truly proud moment after class one night.
Also, Several students received their purple belts Rich Ples (15 yr blue belt), Doc Lou, Brian Shapiro, Eric (primo), and Gilberto Torres (another 15 year blue belt). Blue belts went to Mike Palmer, Tiffany Para (all 100 lbs of her), Marvin Juarez, Doug Adams,and Ed Cruz. Many of our kids earned yellow and orange belts.
I look forward to 2013 and all the excitement that comes with watching students get better and earn their ranks. We have many more students on the verge of promotions.
I’m happy to represent the Miglairese brothers and Relson Gracie in the Atlantic City NJ area. We will continue our effort to bring the finest Jiu Jitsu to South Jersey.