On December of 2003, Valente Brothers awarded its first two Black Belts ever. Professor Pedro Valente, upon consulting with Grandmasters Helio Gracie and Pedro Valente Sr., awarded the coveted rank to James Robertson and Carlos Villares.
These promotions marked the only time Black Belts were awarded outside of the Valente Brothers mats.
Today James Robertson and Carlos Villares continue to practice and live the Jujutsu way. Jimmy teaches in Coral Gables, Florida and Carlos is constantly practicing in the VB Headquarters in North Miami Beach. Both have introduced their children into the Jujutsu way.