It’s hard enough for a healthy individual to get a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ), much alone a guy without his vision. However, Carlos Alvarez continued to strive for perfection in BJJ. It is a martial art he has been passionate about from day one.
Alvarez is the first blind Hispanic to get the honorable belt. His commitment and tenacity will definitely serve as an example for many people in the future to achieve their aspirations.
The BJJ black belt said that because of his condition, he was often the target of bullying in high school. Alvarez wanted to study self-defense. Therefore, one of his high school buddies introduced him to “the gentle art,” and the rest is history.
“I am the first blind, Hispanic to be a black belt in jiu-jitsu.”
MMA fans and celebrities like Justin Wren, Marlon “Chito” Vera, and Din Thomas all expressed their appreciation for the video.
A different bling jiu jitsu athlete recently won a bout in combat jiu jitsu.
Clinton Terry lost his sight at age two due to an adverse reaction to penicillin, but this did not deter him. When he was 19 years old, he started training in wrestling. Despite losing his first 40 bouts without earning a single point, he went on to win several national and international wrestling championships.
Following his triumph in wrestling, Terry started studying BJJ under Pedro Fernandes. Since then, Fernandes has been instructing Terry.
Terry recently faced off against an opponent known simply as “Kane” in a combat jiu-jitsu superfight. Terry said that while he won, one of Kane’s hits allowed him to see stars for the first time in his life.
Terry stated: “Well here it is as promised. This was absolutely terrifying as a blind person. “