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First BJJ Black Belt from Tahiti

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According to a poster in NZ Grappling Forum Face book group, I do not qualify for the list of New Zealanders who hold the rank of Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

I did all my BJJ training since white belt in Auckland for the past ten years.


I have a NZ citizenship but I was not born here.

Since I am not a Kiwi black belt, I will claim my heritage as I was born in Pirae, Papeete, Tahiti about 40 years ago.

I believe I am the first Tahitian who hold the rank of black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

I usually travel to Tahiti once a year to see my parents in Punaauia.

So if anyone in Tahiti wants a seminar or would welcome me for a class or two, please contact me.

Also, if someone in Tahiti already got a legit BJJ BB, I will happily retract my self claim of being the first Tahitian who hold the rank of black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.


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  1. Yeah I was getting concerned about the possibly racist overtones of that post. Was ok to be a Kiwi black belt if you were born here but live overseas and did all your training overseas, but not if you were born in Tahiti?? And trained in BJJ here in Auckland since white belt. WTF


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