As usual, the affiliation training consisted of reviewing a variety of Jiu-jitsu strategies to insure consistency among Demian’s instructors. Sometimes this requires adjustments to existing strategies based on the Master’s experience. The instructors were also given new guidelines for Blue Belt promotions in Demian’s affiliate schools. These include technical requirements in self-defense material, ground strategies, history of the art, and sparring/rolling.
In addition, Maia provided a seminar covering the evolution of some of the incredible strategies he has developed for both the cage and the mats. Also, the affiliate group got to attend the IBJJF World Championships with Demian. Since he is considered a hero among many of the superstars in the art, the group had some amazing access at the event and got to meet a laundry-list of famous characters there. (Some examples below.)
The ZenQuest instructors learned a lot on this trip, and were awarded Level II Instructor Certifications by Demian at the conclusion of the training. Thanks to Professors Maia and Manga, Villains Jiu-jitsu, Flavio Scorsato, and all of the other affiliate instructors for a very memorable trip!