The Beattys Bring In their Blue Belts / by Giulliana Fonseca

Moments before belt promotions began.

Since my boyfriend [and father of our fur-babies, Mr. John Battle] earned up to his brown belt at Team Balance school Hassett's Jiu Jitsu under John Hassett/Phil and Rick Migliarese, I've gone over to Sewell, NJ to train with him quite a bit and have made some awesome friends there.

One awesome friend, Dave, reached out to me to photograph him and his lovely wife Jen getting their blue belts this year on January 14th. Jiu Jitsu has truly changed their lives and brought their family closer, which can be pretty difficult a task when you have three growing sons. 

Dave Beatty rolling with one of his three sons. 

Dave is visibly head over heels for his wife. He looks at Jen like she's the only other person in the room. He often tells us how lucky a man he is for having a gorgeous wife that'll train with him - the guys always joked with him about how she'd get his blue belt before him.

Every belt promotion, Hassett brings in a black belt to teach a short seminar before the beatings. This promotion, he brought in Professor Clara Green.

 Professor Clara Green getting a roll in with Jen Beatty.

Professor Clara Green getting a roll in with Jen Beatty.

Then it was time for their belts.

Blue belt's a big step. I think we all know this look - when you feel super accomplished and scared shitless all at once.

Congrats to the happy couple and all who were promoted that day!

Until next time,