At the end of the workshop Demian told the group that he noticed a significant change in the overall technical abilities of the students since his last visit in November of 2012. Many of the participants also commented on how much they learned from, and enjoyed the clinic. Demian also stated that he will try to provide two DMJJ seminars per year at each affiliate location in the future.
In Ontario – After an overnight in the Berkshires Demian Maia, Rodrigo Modeiros, and Flavio Scorsato (their Manager) climbed into Coach Mark’s truck and drove to Barrie, Ontario. Upon arriving at Empire Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Barrie, Demian and Comprdo began instructing at the annual Demian Maia Jiu-jitsu Instructor Training. The training consisted of about four hours of instruction and quality control issues for the North American Affiliates under Demian.
At the conclusion of the affiliate training four promotions were given. Coach William Pierce from Oklahoma was promoted to Purple Belt, Coach Mark was promoted to two-stripe Brown Belt, and Daniel Castro of Miami was promoted to four-stripe Brown Belt. Coach Mark was also instructed by Demian to award Coach Connie with a stripe on her Brown Belt.
During the Canada training Coach Mark got to spend quite a bit of time with Demian and Comprido outside of the gym. More than ever, he was impressed with how down-to-earth and relaxed thy both were in person. As it turns out, Comprido is something of a practical joker, and was constantly messing with and pranking everyone at the training…including Demian!
Thanks to everyone who supported these incredible opportunities…and special thanks to Demian, Comprido, and Flavio for making it happen!