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71-year-young Joe Rice Qualifies for Blue Belt

November 15, 2011

At 71 years of age, Joe Rice is living proof that Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone. Fearful that Gracie Jiu-Jitsu "wasn't for him" he rode by the Certified Training Center in La Jolla, California, on his bike for two years before ever stopping in to inquire about classes. After that, he spent 9 more months "thinking about it" during which he would stop by every few months to ask questions and check out the vibe. Finally, on July 10, 2010, he convinced himself to try a class, and he hasn't looked back since! After 15 months of dedicated Gracie Combatives training and strong encouragement from his instructor, Matt Becker, Joe finally agreed to take the blue belt test. Not only did he pass the test, but he scored a remarkable 91%! Joe has since joined the Master Cycle, and when asked about the future he said, "I don't care about the belt, it's the skills that I'm after, that's why I'm here." Anyone who wants to meet or train with Joe can meet him on the mat at Gracie Jiu-jitsu La Jolla.