BJJ Coral Belt – Waldomiro Perez Junior

My Brazilian Jiu-jitsu teacher was awarded “coral belt” on Saturday, August 19th, 2017. I’ve never been to a coral belt promotion and chances are very slim that I’ll see another one anytime soon. A coral belt is given to a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt when they reach their 7th degree. First, they get an alternating black/red coral belt. Then at 8th degree, they’re given a red/white coral belt. Finally at 9th degree, they’re given a red belt. Currently, there are only 50 red belts throughout the world. 

Waldomiro Perez, Jr. began his journey in BJJ in Sao Paolo, Brazil where he studied under Marcelo Behring at Cia Atletica, later becoming Cia Paulista. Most people call him “Junior”. He’s such a humble man, amazing instructor and jokes often in class. It’s a great honor to have Junior as an instructor and a friend. 

2017 Solar Eclipse

It was an exciting day throughout the United States yesterday because the path of a solar eclipse went from Oregon to South Carolina. Thousands of people traveled to cities and towns along the path of the total eclipse to witness this. Although I don’t live in the path of the total eclipse, I was still excited to capture the partial eclipse here in Orange County, California. I’ve taken pics of lunar eclipses, but never a solar eclipse. For solar eclipses, you need to have special equipment – a solar filter. You can try looking directly at the sun through your camera but you’ll be blind pretty soon and your camera won’t be able to get the details because of the sun’s brightness. 

I went to Orange County Telescope in Santa Ana and bought a sheet of mylar to build a DIY solar filter for my camera. It was $50 =(. When they told me the price, I must have stood there for a couple of minutes weighing this decision. Well, it’s a special occasion that doesn’t happen very often so I bought it. 

Here’s one of the shots I captured of the 2017 solar eclipse.