• Becoming the Black Belt

  • One Man's Journey in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • By: Roy Dean
  • Narrated by: Roy Dean
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (182 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Roy Dean retraces the trials and tribulations he faced in learning the sophisticated art of Brazilian jiujitsu from early competition experiences in Southern California to running a world class academy and sharing that journey online. The lessons he learned are the lessons he shares with you. 

A must-listen for martial arts professionals and serious students of the path.

©2016 Roy Dean (P)2019 Roy Dean

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worth the time

enjoyed the story, some of it was a little self involved I think, but overall a good listen in the bjj world

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Incredible!

I already read the hard copy several times. Even more enjoyable listening to Roy reading the audible version. Cannot recommend enough.

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Exact, precise and effective!

Great book I highly recommend it complements all his other work on the Gentle Art!

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Love the book

Great book truly awesome also enjoyed the fact it was read by the author who lived his journey

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Labor of Love on Many Planes - Illuminating Read

Roy Dean opens up uniquely yet again with this book, taking us along for the ride as we drive with him down this stretch of his memory lane. A martial artist, a master within the arts, a thinker, a leader, a man - we hear him in many forms and glean our own takeaways, relatable moments, and lessons as fellow individuals on our own paths. His "middle path" approach to life spills over into communicating in a way that is welcoming and easily engaging to a wide range of readers/listeners. So, whether you are a martial artist or not, you can ease into understanding the logic behind his choices and remain interested in why/how he climbed the steep and arduous path to black belt and beyond - a metaphor for many challenges and accomplishments we all face and taste in life.

As a fellow martial artist, seeker of wisdom, and a follower of the path, I value this work for what it gives to not only those of us who belong to this martial arts tribe of sorts, but what it can offer future generations. Perhaps into the decades and centuries ahead, people will still enjoy and find meaning and inspiration in this tale of one man's martial journey. It's a standout, and I can't think of any other modern day martial artist who speaks so eloquently and piercingly. A gem of a tiny slice of history.

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It’s alright I guess

Kinda just read like Roy Dean bragging about Roy Dean. Definitely didn’t give me any great insights other than an in-depth understanding of how much Roy Dean likes Swedish blondes.

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Good but a little flawed

Roy's story was good but there was a little too much info about his love life and music career. would've been a 5 if it was focused a bit more on the bjj journey.

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a must-read for any Jiu-Jitsu practitioner

this is probably one of the most relatable BJJ stories to anyone who is practicing in the art.

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An amazing listen with many lessons

Just finished this book and absolutely recommend it. There are so many lessons within it, whether personal relationships, your relationship with yourself, or simply the reality of personal faults. Roy does an amazing job with the narration, you can feel the emotion with each situation. Great recaps of jiu jitsu matches, it felt like I could see what was happening in my mind.

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Well done

Great to hear a real lifelong practitioner’s take on the journey. Very high quality all around.

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  • Brett Martin
  • 11-11-19

Excellent

This audiobook is fantastic.

The production quality is excellent, with Roy Dean reading in a very intellectual and enthusiastic manner which makes it thoroughly enjoyable. His passion is obvious in the way he reads throughout the entire book.

The content is brilliant. Roy Dean shows a very human side to his success, with doubts, fears, insecurities and a warrior spirit to conquer them all. Lots of valuable lessons in this book which can only stem from years and years of experience.

Thank you Roy Dean for this great insight into your life!

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  • PM
  • 11-06-19

Loved it.

Been a fan of Roy Dean the moment I saw blue belt requirements.
Thanks for sharing your story.

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  • Aidy
  • 09-16-20

good story

fan of his Jiu-Jitsu and teaching methods though i'm much less interested in who hes dating or sound design equipment

all in all good if you're a fan of his but the personal stories are a little strange

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-11-20

amazing book and it gives a great insight!

great book! it really gives a brutally honest account of the highs and lows of the bjj lifestyle at the highest level.

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  • Phillip
  • 02-18-20

Lots of good insight, really enjoyable

Thank you Roy Dean for sharing your story, very inspiring, your narration of your book was excellent!!!

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  • Richard Winter
  • 02-01-20

great audio book

Thought the content and the narration was good and like fact the author is also the narrator

well worth a listen

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  • Kurt
  • 07-13-21

Excellent Book!

A very enjoyable and interesting story about Roy that reminded me so much of my life. I already have a black belt in another art so his experiences and insight is right on the money! I have also setup schools and he really jumped into the minds and lives of a martial arts school owner. As a BJJ practitioner this book is very useful as he explains it all, the rises, the falls and all the collective experiences we have. I felt his book has inspired me to be a better version of myself and I feel that was one of his goals that he achieved. Thanks Roy!

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  • Michael
  • 11-09-19

Great stories with lessons

Great for jiu jitsu pracitioners. Great stories and takeways of how Roy Dean's Jiu-jitsu orientated life has helped him