Alex Ziraldo - Purple Belt

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In the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu getting your blue belt means you have chosen to stick with the sport, but getting your purple belt means you have made a life long change. We were at Gracie Barra Westchase in Houston, Texas this past week shooting video for a profile of professor Ulpiano Malachias when we learned that Alex Ziraldo would be receiving his purple belt.

I have known Alex for a couple of years and he always seems to have a big smile on his face but on this day it was bigger than usual. I happen to shoot some of Alex's training "even the part when he get's killed by professor Ulpiano" on this day so I decided to put this video together of the purple belt promotion.

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