BDMMA Student of the Month: Aderito Santos

July’s Student of the Month is Aderito aka “Derito” Santos!

As we roll right through the month of July (pun intended), we have Aderito aka “Derito” Santos making Student of the Month.

Derito has been training with us here at Black Diamond MMA for a little under 3 months. He is 22 years old and lives in West Warwick.

Apparently the 30 minute drive from upstate doesn’t affect him, because Derito has some of the best attendance at the gym, and is slowly starting to become a mat rat (a mat rat means you’re on the mats everyday, it’s a great thing!).

He surely has earned his spot as student of the month for a number of reasons.

Before I get into all of that, here’s a quick video from Derito talking about his training experience here at Black Diamond MMA:

Once here started training with us, Derito found that one of the biggest benefits he got out of training with us was weight loss.

He originally started in just the MMA program, but found that he had a knack for jiu jitsu and decided to start taking part in the BJJ classes as well.

After 3 months of training, Derito has lost over 20 pounds and said that he feels the best he’s ever physically felt. Just in case you have your doubts, here’s a before and after picture that he showed us:

Here's Derito with a before and after picture. That's just after less than 3 months of training!

Here’s Derito with a before and after picture. That’s just after less than 3 months of training!


As you can see, just 3 months of training with us has drastically changed his physique. Derito mentioned that he is working towards a goal weight as well, and is looking forward to continuing his weight loss. Derito is the man!

In the video above, he mentioned that he was a bit skeptical of training at a mixed martial arts gym and was not sure if it would be the right thing for him.

This is pretty common with most people want to train mixed martial arts but are on the fence.

It’s easy to get some crazy ideas of what a mixed martial arts gym might be like if you watch movies and what not.

However, once Derito came in for his first class, with no prior training or mixed martial arts experience, he was hooked and knew that he had fought the right gym with the right workout for him!

Along with weight loss being a main focus of his, Derito has expressed an interest in competition and is looking to test his grappling skills at a NAGA (North American Grappling Association) Tournament next fall.

All of the coaches here at the academy are definitely looking forward to seeing Derito continue to sharpen his skills. His 5-6 days of training per week are definitely starting to show, as his jiu jitsu is becoming technical and his striking more crispp.

Keep up the hard work Derito!


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