It has taken a while, but Rob reaches the penultimate
MARTIAL ARTS: Gladstone Martial Arts Academy head coach Rob McIntyre has achieved a significant milestone and it took more than a decade to accomplish.
He earned his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt on the weekend and is the first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt in Gladstone and Rockhampton.
McIntyre first began training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 1994, but began his formal study under master Black Belt Daniel Lima in 2006.
It has taken 12-and-a-half years for him reach the penultimate belt before the coveted Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt.
McIntyre said that will take at least another three years.
"It is all a bit surreal for me at the moment to be honest,” he said.
"When I began Jiu-Jitsu, I never really thought I would be a blue belt, but I trained daily, kept pushing and after three years I got there.
"Then when I was a blue belt, I never ever thought I would be a purple belt, but I just kept grinding and training and after more than six years I got there.”
While he had doubts, one thing he didn't do is quit and his perseverance paid off and with more to come.
"I guess I am the perfect example of the martial arts saying 'a black belt is a white belt that never quit' and I will be a black belt a long time from now,” he said.
"But I will be a black belt simply because I just kept turning up and training.”
McIntyre adds his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt to a long list of martial arts achievements that includes a 5th Dan Black Belt in Zen Do Kai, 6th Degree Black Singlet in BJMA Muay Thai/Kickboxing, 3rd Degree Black Belt in BJMA Krav Maga and a 1st Degree Black Belt in BJMA Arnis-Eskrima-Kali along with his qualification in Fitness Training and Coaching.
McIntyre and the Gladstone Martial Arts Academy have the longest running Brazilian Jiu Jitsu club in Central Queensland and have been running classes and hosting local tournaments since 2006.