Star pupils are often highlighted and recognized, and rightly so. When a student goes above and beyond to accomplish something, you want to recognize that and give them positive reinforcement and continued motivation to excel.
Evolve Academy in Gaithersburg is taking a slightly different approach however. While there is no doubt the gym is home to some stellar students, it never hurts to bring in some "star power" to push them even more.
That is exactly what Evolve is doing by bringing in Wilson Reis to not only hold a seminar for their students but also their instructors, according to the gym's weekly e-newsletter.
Reis has compiled a 10-2 record in his mixed martial arts career and has competed in several organizations, including EliteXC before MMA journeyman Seth Petruzelli's 17-second knockout of Kimbo Slice ultimately led to the organization's collapse. I guess that's the risk you run when you put all your eggs into the basket of a guy whose claim to fame was basically engaging in Bumfights in backyards.
Regardless, Reis is a real notch in Evolve's belt in terms of the instruction it provides its students. Reis has a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which makes him about as qualified as anyone to help Evolve's instructors and fighters pick up a few things.