On Oct 23rd2010 I had the privilege of awarding Lily Pagle her BJJ Black Belt.
Lily began training with me over a decade ago, at the age of 50.
In that time I have watched her game skyrocket; her positional skills, timing, defense, submissions, and understanding of the science of BJJ is top notch. She has also shown herself to be a talented coach, with a solid understanding of how to break down and pass on the game; as well as all the drilling methods that SBGi is known for.
And finally, as a person Lily represents the best of what SBGi can be.
Lily is my seventh black belt, and my first female student to achieve that level. At the age of 61 she stepped up in true SBGi tradition and iron-manned all the higher belts in the room. It was an inspiring display of an impressive, and highly technical game.
It was an honor to be part of it.