Phalanx was still a baby at the time, no real support outside a local gym. Richie was coming up, at the time a purple belt. Richie and Phalanx founder Chris connected really well, believed in supporting each other's goals, and a bond was made. Richie is the longest standing No Gi Jiu Jitsu player Phalanx has ever had and we'll never forget that.

Photo credit:
Russel Smith (Smith Hammer Photography)