Last night saw long time Hangar Four instructor John Mirabella receive his BJJ Black Belt. John has trained for some ten years now – and when he first came in and joined up at Hangar Four a decade ago, I thought to myself ‘he is probably not going to last’. How wrong I was.
At that particular time, there were a lot of fighter-types training at the Hangar and John just didn’t fit the mould. He was a slightly overweight and highly stressed solicitor who was there to get some relief from the pressures of work. He just never stopped. John is the classic example of the white belt who never quit.
I admire him immensely; he is a shining example of what can be achieved through dedication and perseverance. Congratulations John – it has been a privilege.
John Will August 2008