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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.

Shokunin Conference 2017

Fifty Valente Brothers black belts, professors, instructors, assistant instructors and study group leaders gathered at VB Headquarters in North Miami Beach. The Shokunin Conference was the first ever of its kind and the results were extremely positive. Over the course of three days the conference covered many topics including important historical findings, pedagogical techniques, nutritional advice and a 753 Code discussion. During the meeting the Valente brothers also presented new norms and requirements for black belt degrees. The Shokunin Conference will become a yearly event. 


Grandmaster Helio Gracie in Miami

 Grandmaster Helio Gracie and Pedro Valente teaching in North Miami Beach
Grandmaster Helio Gracie and Pedro Valente teaching in North Miami Beach

Did you know that between 1997 and 2007 Grandmaster Helio Gracie visited his life long students, the Valente brothers, in Miami, every single year, sometimes multiple times a year? The greatest exponent of modern Jiu-jitsu and one of the founding fathers of the gentle art in Brazil lived the last 20 years of his life in the mountains of Rio de Janeiro. The location resembled a samurai style compound. The late Grandmaster loved nature and was surrounded horses and dogs. He always considered himself to be a fine horseman. Grandmaster Helio lived like a true samurai and continued perfecting his self-defense skills until his final years. As he aged and became physically weaker he adapted his fighting skills so that he could continue to withstand the attacks of younger and stronger opponents. On January 29th, 2009, Helio Gracie, who was 95 years young, departed to the next stage of his spiritual journey. Watch the CBS News piece bellow and find out where were the only three places the Grandmaster taught in the last years of his life.