Dragan Konjevic, Black Belt
And I can’t wipe the smile off my face. What can I say? In the life of a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu practitioner a Black Belt means years of study, and is not just frivolously handed out, especially on Team Alliance. Dragan bleeds Jiu-jitsu. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. He bleeds armbars and guards and escapes and kimuras and omoplatas and crazy-ass training methods and wisdom and dedication to his students. Today, Romero ‘Jacare’ Cavalcanti, after testing and promoting a deserving host of Dragan and Jeff’s students, revealed that he had one more belt in his bag. “I have a little surprise,” he said with a big grin, as if he’d been anticipating the moment, finally ready to spill the beans, then presented Drag with a black belt. Dragan fell to the mat like he’d just been shot! It’s been a long – and still continuing – journey. Dragan started BJJ ten years ago. He’s been my coach for close to five. I’m proud of you, man.
Special thanks must be given to Jacare for his great two-day seminar. Other promotions include, to purple belt; Farshad, Shane and Richard, and to blue belt; Mike, Mikey, Brandon, Dave, Karl, Teddy, Kevin, Ivan, Dallas, Andrew and Steve.