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Congrats to David Parker!

It’s safe to say, no one should mess with David Parker!

On August 24th through the 26th, David competed at the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation Master Worlds.  He became a Masters World Champ for a 2nd time in 3 years! #HolyCow

In 2015, he was the Light Feather Master World Champ as a Blue Belt where soon after he was promoted to a Purple Belt.  In 2016 he placed 3rd in the Light Feather as a Purple Belt but this year placed FIRST as a Purple Belt and now is a BROWN BELT! #AgainHolyCow

What got him started in #BJJ? <— I decided to abbreviate!

His health.  Like many of us who transition from the operations team to work at the regional office,  he was starting to eat and snack a lot more.  In just 2 months, at his desk job, he put on 35 pounds!  In 2011, he took his wellness test that all United employees are encouraged to take, and was told he was ‘pre-obese.’ Just like that, he decided to do something about it.  He walked next door, he was working at #529 (United, Amarillo), and signed up for BJJ classes and was hooked.

BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger, heavier assailant by using proper technique, leverage and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint-locks and choke-holds to defeat the opponent.  BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments and in self-defense situations!

Belt progression in BJJ is as followed: White, Blue, Purple, Brown and Black.  To get from White to Black, usually takes 10 years.  David is now a Brown Belt and is on his way to getting his Black Belt.

How cool is that!?

WAY TO GO, DAVID! Now I want to try BJJ! Who wants to join me?  🙂


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