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Pedro Valente Sr. Earns Red Belt

May 24, 2011

On Thursday, May 19, 2011, Pedro Valente Sr. joins the select club of grand masters as he was awarded his red belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. The ceremony took place at the Gracie Humaita school in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After carefully and affectionately removing the red and black belt signed by Helio from around his waist, Pedro Valente had the red belt fastened on him by brothers Relson, Royler and Rolker, and by his first teacher, Joao Alberto Barreto, accompanied by Master Alvaro Barreto. On the video projection screen Rorion and Royce Gracie sent their congratulations to the father of the Valente brothers, of whom the father made mention: "Were it not for my sons and daughter, I would not still be training today."