CMC’s Mike Ulloa Promotes Korean Top Team Leaders to Black Belt

Cabras Marine Corporation’s (CMC) Crewboat Lead, Mike Ulloa, was recently featured in Guam’s Sport Network (GSPN) highlighting his success in promoting individuals to the black belt rank in jiu-jitsu. In Brazilian jiu-jitsu, the black belt denotes an expert level of technical and practical skill. BJJ black belts are often addressed within the art as “professor” or “coach”, although some schools and organizations reserve these title for the more senior black belt instructors.

Ulloa, 3rd degree black belt out of Spike 22, had the distinct honor of promoting a couple of South Korea’s finest jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts coaches to black belt on July 1st in Seoul. What started out as foes in 2011 turned into family over the past decade and with that, Ulloa promoted Korean Top Team (KTT) head coaches Dongjin Ha and Hyun Kwon Kil to jiu-jitsu black belts.

“KTT and Spike 22 have competed against each other many times,” Ulloa said. “We have always had a good relationship with them. Three years ago, I promoted Coach Ha and Coach Kil to brown belt here on Guam. They were purple belts and after some discussion we decided to partner up.”

Ulloa, who has been a jiu-jitsu black belt since 2009, spent time in Korea and held three training sessions and three seminars in one day at KTT Ilsan, Seoul and Gimpo. He said he knew it was time to promote the KTT coaches to black belt.

“On top of producing world class competitors, for a long time I saw what they were capable of while training together throughout the years.”

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