Congratulations, Sempai Brett!

6 hours! That’s how long the black belt test took to complete at the Therien Orleans dojo on April 8th. Seven candidates were up for testing to earn the 1st Degree black belt level, including the Chesterville dojo’s Brett Esnard.

Brett has been a member of our club for more than half of his life. An all around martial artist, on top of all of his jiu-jitsu training, Brett also trains hard in the other programs in Chesterville, including Kickboxing, Kempo Karate, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He not only has an incredible attendance record and is always willing to learn, over the past many years Brett traveled to seminars with instructors from around the world, competed in various competitions, and regularly helps teach kids classes. He’s a true inspiration.

Brett’s martial arts journey began at a young age, when he was quite shy. Over the years, he grew to build confidence, knowledge and a passion for martial arts. He even took the initiative to learn techniques with the Bo, a weapon not part of our regular programs. After many ups and downs, Brett put on an outstanding performance in his black belt exam. He demonstrated a solid understanding of all techniques with power and, although he may have been exhausted, giving up and quitting was never an option. As a result, last Tuesday, Brett was presented with his black belt and earns the title “Sempai” (Japanese for Senior Student). 

Congratulations, Sempai Brett!