I can remember starting out at SMAA as a white belt. Actually I thought I was a B.A. back then. I came in wearing my TKD blackbelt. The first day was a rough one. I was thrown to wolves and was lucky to have made it out in one piece. I realized then that Jiujitsu was for me and I never wore that belt in there again.I walked in and Alvis was still purple so I new I was about to show those boys whats up. Back then when you came in with a chip on your shoulder you were taught a lesson very quick. Then they threw you to the newer blue belts and they showed no mercy. I learned a lot in short time. First lesson, TAPPPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!
It wasn't long before I realized I was hooked. I started my boys there at 4 and 5. The oldest(Roy Lee) really didn't take to it but the younger one(Shane)really has. He is now a blue belt at 17 and is very tough on and off the mats. My wife started about six months after me and now has her black belt as well, both of us receiving them from Alvis.
Training back then was intense. We didn't know a whole lot but what we did know, we did well. At that time I had the pleasure of training daily with an up and coming phenom in Travis Tooke. He was just a kid then but still trashed everyone.
We always had the advantage as well because we had the secret weapon, Carlos Machado. He came down and did seminars quite often. Alvis and Travis would also go train with him at his school in Dallas so what we were getting was straight from the source. Alvis always said when Carlos walked into a room, your Jiujitsu would improve 10-20% just from being around him. It is true.
I have really seen the Jiujitsu phenomenon take off here in the Houston area. I am proud to be a part of it. I have been around from the beginning. When 100 guys at a tournament was huge. When a black belt would enter, the room would get quiet, everyone would whisper. You were star struck. It was the time of Pe de Pano, Margarita, Terere. The emergence of the legends Jacare, Roger Gracie, and Marcelo Garcia.
My name is Roy Davis.
I am a Jiujitsu black belt!!!!