We have ourselves a black belt

Today Paul Severn received his well deserved Black Belt from Checkmat UK head coach Chico Mendes.

Paul has been our BJJ coach since 2010 and during that time has built a Jiu Jitsu following to be proud of, and today was the reward for the time, energy and resource that he puts into his training and coaching.

Paul come from a very strong lineage:

  • Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Leonardo Vieira > Chico Mendes > Paul Severn

Thanks everyone thats messaged, text etc I genuinely had no idea. Its still not sunk in… I’m shell shocked! Thank you EVERYONE who turns up week in,week out to the training here and is the main reason I keep coming back….nothing but love for all of you
And Finally Thank you Chico Mendes; joining Checkmat family and having you as my Professor and mentor and friend means a lot my brother
Without your influence I would not have what I have now so Obrigado irmao

2 replies
  1. Dan Richards
    Dan Richards says:

    Incredibly proud of your achievement Paul. Watching your progress from Blue when we met all the way to Black has been an honour.


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