Words cannot express the feeling of the loss of a fellow Valente Brother. On Sunday, Andy Espinal, one of our purple belts, left us prematurely due to a motorcycle accident. The ancient jiu-jitsu philosophy, taught to us by our grandfather Dr. Syllo Valente and Grand Master Carlos Gracie, states that we are here temporarily in a quest of self-perfection. This belief can provide some consolation and resignation in light of the tragedy that struck us all. See you soon Andy!
This Tuesday, May 10th, a moment of silence will be held for Andy Espinal during the 7pm Grappling Techniques class.