NAGA and Family!

February 22nd 2014 – Our Tennessee Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy Team competed at the NAGA (North Atlantic Grappling Association) tournament. We had kids, teens, adult women, and adult men from white belt to Brown belt competing.  First and foremost, I would like to say as the head of the team I could not ask for better coaches, students, and family members.  We had students competing for the first time; they did awesome.  Remember no one e ever wants to lose, but you do learn from it and come back stronger.  Nothing great comes easy, I promise you.  So to all of our students that stepped on the mat for the first time, win or lose, we are proud of you.  Keep up the hard work.  Now prepare yourself for your next tournament.  We had kids compete this weekend that are seasoned and have had their ups and downs in tournaments.  You win some and you lose some, but in the end, it is how you conduct yourself in defeat or victory. I am proud of all the kids that competed and brought home belts, swords, and medals this weekend. Keep up the hard work and more importantly keep up your great attitudes.  We had a lot of teens compete and some jumped up one or more skill levels. Man, you guys/ladies never cease to amaze me.  Seriously we brought home belts, swords, medals and showed that we belong with the best schools in the state.  Your coaches could not be more proud of you guys/ladies.  Our Women’s team was again out in full force and had a great weekend. I will say this: as you ladies up your game, understand others schools are taking notice and your competition is only going to get better. Some of you tasted defeat for the first time, others had to move up a belt level but at the end you all come out stronger and better.  One thing is for sure none of you have quit in your game and I respect (hespect) that in you. We had several men competing from white to brown belts, some of you seasoned in tournament play, others your first time stepping on the mats. At the end of the day, we came home with belts, swords, and medals.  Keep up the hard, work learn from your mistakes, and continue your tournament competitions.

Now I get to heart and soul of our team – which is our families. None of this is possible with out the wives, husbands, grandparents, brother, sisters, and friends that sacrifice time so their loved ones can train and compete.  As I was walking around yesterday, I could not be more proud of what we built. It was my vision to make this school about family and friendships above all and seeing the camaraderie shown yesterday, made me realize we have what I wanted.  I understand some schools want to show they are the best in the state, etc, but honestly that is last on my list.  I want a family that cheers each other on and helps when no one is looking.  So to all your family members – thanks for being there yesterday to cheer on your friends and family members.  Oh yeah, and to everyone, thank you for taking care of baby Tristan.  We could not have done it without everyone’s help yesterday.  Big thanks to Mrs. Vikki Roberts and Shayna Roberts for what you guys did.

Much Respect (hespect)

Ray Casias