Name: Nicholas Hunter Brooks
Weight 66Kg - Feather Weight
Height 1.83m - 6 '1"
Black Belt 2nd Degree - Roger Gracie
Blue Belt December 21st 2004
Purple Belt September 19th 2006
Brown belt September 19th 2007
Black belt October 31st 2009
I joined the Roger Gracie academy on the day it opened Febuary 2004,
On the recommendation of my great friend and Robin Gracie Black Belt Joao Santos,
After just a month of training at Rogers academy Rogers instructor Carlinhos Gracie Jr held a seminar to open the academy officially,
On the seminar Carlinhos taught 2 sweeps and a submission from the de la Riva guard and mentioned a student which was very good at this guard!
This fascinated me so with a little research i found out that the student he was talking about was Braulio Estima!
Because Roger had no class on Friday evening i decided to go and train with Braulio and continued to do so for 2 1/2 years,
I also decided to visit Brazil and compete there so went to the de la Riva academy at Equipe1 in cocacabana, de la Riva himself was taking the classes,
de la Riva helped me so much with my training and preparation for competition,
He really looked after me and was my mentor i learned so much with every visit,
With Roger Gracie, Braulio Estima & de la Riva as my inspiration my game of Jiu Jitsu was forged,
And in the coming years and after training and Competing in Brazil annually for many years the de la Riva academy became my second Home,
Now every year de la Riva visits my academy to instruct my students,