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General Michael Ferriter visits VB Headquarters

Retired United States Army Lieutenant General Michael Ferriter visited Valente Brothers on Monday, March 4th. Professor Gui Valente first met General Ferriter in 2008 at Camp Liberty, Baghdad, Iraq. Gui spent nearly two weeks teaching the men and women of the US military and allied forces.

General Ferriter, who holds a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, was very impressed with the Valente Brothers building and museum. After his private lesson with Gui Valente he stated on his Facebook account, “the Valente Brothers are Jiu-Jitsu icons who studied the history and have incredibly high wisdom. The culture of respect is the first thing you feel.”

In 2018, General Ferriter was named President and CEO of the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus, Ohio.

We at Valente Brothers would like to express all our gratitude for General Ferriter’s service to our United States of America.

General Michael Ferriter awarding Gui Valente a medal and plaque for his services in Baghdad, Iraq.
Gui Valente and Ryron Gracie flying to Baghdad in a US Air Force C-130 Hercules.

2018 VB Graduation Ceremony

2018 VB Graduation Ceremony, with the honorable presence of Grandmaster João Alberto Barreto. Congratulations to all new blue, purple, brown and black belts. Thank you to everyone who came out to support. You made this ceremony so special.