Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Fellowship of Valor

Fellowship of Valor
I am fascinated by friendships.
Not the acquaintances you see occasionally or Facebook friends who wouldn’t recognize you on the street.
I’m talking about your real people.
The people who know and love the deepest parts of you.
 Their soul sees yours.
They’re the kind of people you can talk to about how hard it’s been to meditate lately or what’s really going on in your marriage. They’re the kind of people you call for a ride when you get a flat tire and they’re the ones who affirm and support all the “weird” things about you that make other people uncomfortable.
They’re your inner circle people. The heart of your life.
To me they are my brothers and sisters in the J.L.F.S., my REAL people !!

Worry looks around, fear looks back,
 faith looks up, guilt looks down,
but we look forward.
The only ‘official’ Joe Lewis Fighting Organization has the daunting task of carrying on the legacy of our fallen mentor, friend and instructor. In order to carry a positive action we must develop a positive vision.
There is no chance, destiny or fate that can circumvent, hinder or control the resolve of a determined soul.
Education is the passport to the future,
for tomorrow belongs to those who
 prepare for it today.
-Malcom X-

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
Let’s honor our inspirational teachers from this years JLFS conference.

    Renzo Gracie                 Bill "Superfoot" Wallace            Michael Jai White
 Dr. Roger Greene                     Phil Maldonato                       Danny Dring
Bob Mauro                           John Maynard                       Tom Updegrove
    Jim Graden                            Kevin Hudson                       Ronnie Copeland
John Graham                           Mark Graden                            Terry Dow

The will to win, the desire to succeed,
the urge to reach your full potential... These are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.
-Confucius-




Joe Lewis inspired us to be the the yardstick of quality.
 Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected.

We at JLFS reward it, this years award winners are….

Gallantry Award - Robb Buckland

Promoter of the Year - Craig Smith

Instructor Of the year - Steve Snyder

Pound for Pound Fighter Of the Year -  Leagh Rogers

Pound for Pound Fight Trainer of the Year –  Bob Mauro ( 2 time winner)

Bob Mauro was nominated for Instructor of the year and  promoter of the year.



In contrast to the "black belt as master" stereotype, a black belt commonly indicates the wearer is competent in a style's basic technique and principles.

Since in many styles a black belt takes approximately three to six years of training to achieve, a good intuitive analogy would be a bachelor's degree: the student has a good understanding of concepts and ability to use them but has not yet perfected their skills. In this analogy a master's degree and a doctorate would represent advancement past the first degree.

Rank is earned not given
Congratulations to:
       JLFS BlackBelts                     Superfoot BlackBelts
Ken Smith 1st Degree                                             Jack Whitley 1st Degree
Kevin Hudson 7th Degree                                       Steven Taylor 1st Degree
William Calhoun 1st Degree                                     Jay Taylor 1st Degree
Shannon Stevenson 1st Degree                             Shannon Stevens 1st Degree
Justin Hailey 2nd Degree                                       Michael Jai White 1st Degree
Jordan Bunch 1st degree                                          Grant Campbell 1st Degree
                                                                                            Maria Snyder 2nd Degree
                                                                                               Rob Payne 1st Degree


The greatest way to live with honor in this world
is to be what we pretend to be.
-Socrates-