A good friend of mine, who also instructs me in the martial arts, recently tested for his Black Belt in the school's MMA style. It was a pleasure to capture the all day long test of his skill and stamina. He demonstrated detailed knowledge of the various techniques used taught at the academy. Test of endurance, and then rounds of sparring and grappling also took him to the edge of collapse at times. Gabriel endured it all though and rightfully earned his promotion. It's an honor to know him and to have to been present at this very intense right of passage.