So last Friday, we had our belt graduation and stripe ceromony.
At 6pm, about 25-30 people showed up for class. During this time, Fabio had us pair up with certain people and roll for 5 minutes at a time.
For the whole time, he was taking notes on how well we did. After the class was over at 7:30, he and Marcelo got together to look at his notes and discuss the students progress.
By this time, the class had blown up to around 65 people...everyone knew it was graduation, and even if people didnt think they were up for anything, they still came by to support the other students...like I said, a wonderful small family feel.
Once they were finished talking, everyone lined up from belt and stripe rank. Then Marcelo called each person who got a stripe to come up. His wife ripped off each stripe from the tape roll and Marcelo placed it on each student's belt.
After the stripes were done, Marcelo and Fabio promoted a handful of blue belts and two purple belts.
As each person was called up for a new belt, they were thrown (lightly) by each of the four black belts- Fabio, Marcelo, Tatiana (his wife), and a visiting Black Belt...okay, maybe Tatiana was nice enough to thrown lightly, the others werent as nice lol.
After each person was called up to receive their new belts and thrown, every student made two rows, and took off our own belts to whip them. The blue belts had to go back and forth, while the purples had to go through the line twice. It was pretty funny (and sad) to see, because nobody was taking an easy on the whippings.
After the newly promoted got their whippings, Marcelo notices that some of them were wearing rashguards under their gis. He quickly told the handful of them that they had to go through the line again and get whipped some more. As they took off their rashguards and lined up for more punishment, he just laughed and said he was just kidding.
After this was all done, everyone stayed for pictures, free rolling, answering of bjj questions, and just hanging out.
Then Marcelo invited everyone who was left in class (around 9:30) out to eat.
It was just another great day at Studio X in NYC.