Frank “The Crank” Camacho recently earned the esteemed Black Belt (Dan Grade) in Brazillian Jiu Jitsu on June 25, 2019.
Ardent fans and disciples of Brazillian Jiu Jitsu don’t require a history lesson of this intensely physical art—- they are living in it, Frank “The Crank” Camacho included. Focused heavily on grappling and ground fighting, it is a martial art and combat sport with origins in Kodokan judo, and refined by the fundamentals of this historical martial art and pedagogy, practiced and taught by some of the greatest athletes in history.
It takes approximately 10 years to earn a Black Belt in Brazillian Jiu Jitsu, according to BJJ experts; 3650 days of perseverance, hard work, and commitment. 3650 days of blood, sweat, and bruises.
The Black Belt creates, or enhances, a quality human being; allows fighters to know their mind, body, and spirit more powerfully than at the start of their journey into jiu jitsu. At this stage, they become acutely aware of their capabilities and limitations.
Frank “The Crank” Camacho is a testament to these elements of discipline, power, and pure focus, becoming one of the first MMA athletes in Saipan and the Marianas Islands to receive a Black Belt in Brazillian Jiu Jitsu, conferred by Stephen Roberto, owner and head instructor at Purebred BJJ Guam.
“Don’t chase the belt, the belt will find you,” he quoted Roberto in a speech during his iconic promotion, his Brown Belt slung over his shoulders as his new Black Belt enveloped his waist, fitted around his gi as if it were home, at last. “I’m really just a white belt that never quit.”
Frank had given himself two ambitious goals in life: (1) to fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), becoming a bona fide UFC athlete, and (2) earning the coveted and hard-earned Black Belt in Brazillian Jiu Jitsu—- not only for himself, but for his people, stating that this was: “a win for Purebred, another Black Belt for Purebred, another Black Belt for Trench Tech, and another Black Belt for the Marianas.”
He wrote these goals in a piece of paper years ago, when he began his training in Garapan, Saipan with Cuki Alvarez, tucking it under his pillow. It almost seems like a boy making a wish, but no—– Frank “The Crank” Camacho is a man of action and a modern day martial arts warrior, turning his long-term ideals into a reality.
Watch his moving promotional speech and follow his journey as a martial artist and UFC athlete here: @frankthecrank.com.