Margarida, Fabio Santos, and Relson Gracie. Photo courtesy of Drew Goodwin.
On Saturday, Fabio Santos joined Pedro Sauer in being those who were recently promoted to a truly elite class of Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioners: those who hold the rank of red and black belt. Traditionally one must hold the rank of black belt for twenty years to be eligible for the promotion.Relson Gracie officially promoted Santos in a day full of BJJ that was described as “inspirational” by those who were present. Many of the region’s top BJJ practitioners were present for the ceremony, which began with a seminar from Relson. Those present included BJJ world champions Saulo Ribeiro, Xande Ribeiro, Fernando “Margarida” Pontes, Fabio Santos’ black belt Dean Lister.Congratulations to Fabio Santos!
Full disclosure: I train at Fabio Santos’ school (unfortunately I was away for the holidays and missed the promotion).