Two days after singing the national anthem at the Floyd Mayweather-Connor McGregor MMA fight, Demi Lovato proudly announced she has personally advanced levels in another type of martial art and combat sport, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
“I’m so beyond excited because I just received my blue belt in #brazilianjiujitsu!!!! I fell in love with #BJJover a year ago and have been training several times a week ever since,” Demi Lovato captioned a selfie on Instagram, alongside thank you messages to those who have worked with her and shown support.
Jay Glazer, owner of Los Angeles training facility Unbreakable Performance, shared another snapshot of Demi Lovato, writing: “I’m more proud of the work @ddlovato puts in with nobody watching than i am what she does with the world watching. Congrats on achieving your blue belt today in #bjj, YOU put the grind in!”
Jiu Jitsu champ Danielle Martin also posted a snapshot. “We were all so honored today to give @ddlovato her blue belt,” she said. “Her dedication, persistence and passion for Bjj is inspiring. Looking forward to this continued journey with her. Congratulations!! I am so very proud of you.”
See Demi Lovato’s instagram post below. Congrats Demi!
I’m so beyond excited because I just received my blue belt in #brazilianjiujitsu!!!! I fell in love with #BJJ over a year ago and have been training several times a week ever since.. thank you so much to @chilcote.dunn @captainHarlan_ @tarsisbjj for giving me my belt along with one of the most important and special women in my life today @officialdaniellemartin/@trueboundaries – I love you so much and couldn’t be more grateful for you 💙💙💙💙 also special shoutout to @jayglazer for flying in to give me my belt as well!!! Love you jay!!!
Andy Gonzalez is a coach at Aces Jiu Jitsu Club. He has earned his purple belt under Professor Mikal Abdullah. Follow Andy on Twitter at @GoGoGonzilla
Andy lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Amanda and their 3 beautiful children. Andy is also the father of a Marine who is honorably serving in the United States Marine Corps.