On the chilly and second Saturday evening of the New Year, the 88 Familyi came together to rejoice in successes and celebrate the year to come. Crazy 88 members, friends and significant others assembled at the historic Hotel Monaco Baltimore in an eloquent banquet hall to engage in new conversation, exchange stories, dance, laugh, and enjoy the hors d’oeuvres and delectable meal from B&O Brasserie.
The gentlemen shed the Gis, rash guards and board shorts in exchange for suits and the ladies the finest cocktail dresses all in preparation for a pleasant night on the town. It was quite an experience for the team to enjoy each other’s company away from the mats and for the significant others to meet the peoples that they hear about and that their others spend countless hours with.
The Crazy 88 team celebrated its half of a decade anniversary first with an award ceremony. Normally Master Julius presents all the awards, but after a hard day’s work public speaking at the MMA Millionaire seminar, he passed the microphone to his staff to give impromptu speeches for celebrated students that epitomize everything Crazy 88 idealizes.
Muay Thai awards went to Dr. Frank Dawson for Rookie of the Year, Tim Jones for Most Improved Muay Thai Practitioner and Ben Lipov for Muay Thai Competitor of the Year. Ask his opponents, his head kicks are vicious and we are expecting big things from Ben in 2011.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu awards went to Doug “DeeJay” Flores (2 gold medals in 2 IBJJF tournaments), Tom Shrum for Most Improved BJJ Player (he has lost 50 lbs and is winning way more than he loses) and BJJ Competitor of the Year went to Alfonso Washington Jr. This man put himself on a grueling competition schedule, grinded out tournaments, MMA matches, and Thai boxing matches and broke his face, all the while maintaining a full time job and never uttering a complaint or excuse.
The most prestigious award is Student of the Year. This award went to Stephanie Reitmeyer. Stephanie does more at the school, more than she could ever know just bringing a shining light of positive energy, smiles and a knack for photography that fancies everyone’s best side. Congrats on her recognition.
After the grunts, heartfelt speeches and awkward silences, dinner commenced with a choice of fine cut beef or tender red fish accompanied by all the trimmings. The night proceeded with lots of pictures, video, dancing and live entertainment supplied by our own teammates. All had a jovial time and the event was as colossal success.
Be there next year. We are going from G to G. That is Good to Great in 2011 and are envisioning great things on the mats, in the ring, in the cage and with our social gatherings that truly make us a family.
Check out photos, videos and attendees responses to the Crazy 88 Holiday Party on the Crazy 88 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Facebook Fan page.