My good friend and fellow martial artist Mike Gates has just taken gold in the old mans division at the 2015 IBJJF World Masters Tournament in Las Vegas Nevada! Winning the gold with style by choking out his opponent in the final seconds of the final match.
Mike is the epitome of why you do not want to lose the top position... just think, a few years ago this guy did not even know what grappling was. Come a long way my friend. Proud of you.
Big Mike is a student of Marcos Santos, representing the RCJ Machado brethren of Dallas Ft. Worth.
September 27, 2015
October 26, 2013
|L-R: Sexiest Blogger / Big Mike / Brian Johnson / Marcos Santos|
Mike and I have been friends for nearly 13 years, meeting in the Chinese martial arts at first, and last year I talked Mike into coming to the 5 Brothers Camp to check it out. After all I explained "You have five legends converging in your back yard, you gotta' come!" So Big Mike said what the heck and bought a gi. By the end of Jean Jacques' seminar on Sunday Mike had already signed up at the Ft. Worth RCJ branch ran by Marcos Santos. He was bitten by the BJJ bug!
I couldn't be more proud of you my friend. You are a mentor to me and an example to all martial artists. I can't express how joyous it makes me to share this path with you through the years and incarnations.
Love you brother,