Congrats to Philippe. He was promoted to blue belt during our Tuesday fundamentals class.
Even though he spends a lot of time on Youtube to learn random techniques, he still made the effort to learn the fundamentals. As described in our blog post about the belts of BJJ, this is an important criteria for earning a blue belt at the BJJ Lab.
He wasn't only improving his own jiu jitsu, he was also helping others a lot during our open mats. This is something that we value a lot too. A rising tide lifts all boats.
Learning the fundamentals paid off during his last tournament, where he triangled 3 opponents from closed guard and finished another one with a kimura from side control to win the gold medal. Check out one of his smooth triangles here.