On October 14th 2017 in Bentonville Arkansas, a rare and special occurrence took place. On the mats of Inferno Martial Arts, two Brazilian Jiu Jitsu martial artists reached the pinnacle of their art and were awarded their Black Belts. This was the culmination of many years of work and dedication for both martial artists. Both men choked back the tears as their new rank was tied around their waste and a crowd of more than fifty of their training partners, teammates, and family cheered them on.
To fully appreciate how special this occasion truly was, one has to understand the rarity of true BJJ black belts. Six years ago, there wasn’t a single Brazilian Jiu Jistu black belt anywhere in Northwest Arkansas. Most BJJ schools were taught by lower belts such as blue, purple, or the rare brown belt. In fact, there were only a handful of black belts throughout the entire state of Arkansas in Jiu Jitsu. Students training throughout the state would whisper in hushed tones to each other stories of rare sightings of elusive Jiu Jitsu black belts and their legendary technique.
The last few years have seen a radical shift on this front. Now Inferno Martial Arts has an incredible roster of high level BJJ practitioners and black belts. Inferno houses a plethora of high ranks and black belts on the mats servicing Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, and Fayetteville areas. While it used to be extremely rare to witness a black belt rolling in Northwest Arkansas, it isn’t uncommon to see multiple jiu jitsu black belts on the mats at Inferno Martial Arts sharing their knowledge and expertise.
The path to a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is long but rewarding. It allows you to get in better shape, improve confidence and learn real self defense. If you are curious about taking your first steps in what will be a life-changing journey, call us today at 479-715-6625 and we will help you get started.