SAN LUIS OBISPO — Paragon Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu San Luis Obispo celebrated its 10-year anniversary on Saturday, Feb. 2, with the promotion of three new black belt recipients.
Paso Robles Police Department Chief Ty Lewis, business owner Larry Nash, and Paragon Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Arroyo Grande co-owner John Marine, all received their black belts. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt is the most prestigious and challenging belt awarded in martial arts — requiring the average student a minimum of 10 years of training to achieve.
“Receiving a black belt in BJJ is one of my greatest personal accomplishments. I wear it proudly as an outward symbol to others that BJJ is a discipline worthy of the devotion necessary to obtain this special rank,” Lewis said.
Chris Lovato, co-owner of the three local Paragon Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu schools in Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo, and Atascadero was the instructor who awarded Lewis his black belt.
“When considering belt promotions I consider skill, age, time trained, their goals, their life issues, and attitude. Ty Lewis came to me shortly after I opened in SLO as a blue belt with a couple of years of training. So he’s been training about 12 years. He trains relatively consistently two to three days per week all while juggling family (wife and three daughters and a grandchild), career as a police officer and now police chief and obtaining a master’s degree. He is a great ambassador of Jiu-Jitsu and always has a helpful positive attitude on and off the mat. He is a great community leader. I have seen him grow as an instructor and leader in the gym over the years. For all these reasons and more I believed he has earned the black belt,” Lovato said.
Present for the ceremony and anniversary celebration was best selling local author Chuck J. Rylant to autograph his latest book “Success: The Path to Personal Fulfillment Through Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Fighters,” which features Lovato and Marine both co-owners of the three local Paragon Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu schools.
Lewis is featured in another book of Rylant called “Shots Fired: The Psychology Behind Officer Involved Shootings that came out in August of 2017. In the book, he is one of the 12 real-life accounts that Rylant documents to help give insight into what happens during an officer-involved shooting.
Rylant lives on the Central Coast and you can find more about his work on his website www.ChuckRylant.com. The three Paragon Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academies are locally owned and affiliated with multiple other academies that have an international presence and are homes to multiple world champion athletes. To learn more about them, visit www.paragonbjjslo.com.