It is with great surprise and sadness that we inform you of the passing of one of Black Belt Brad Rehor. Brad was in Brazil to defend a title he had won several times before, the World Championship at the 2006 Master's BJJ World's. Despite all the medals he conquered in several BJJ Pan Ams, National and State Judo tournaments, and Wrestling, Brad still had the hunger for more. And he was on course to make his dream come true. His goal was to win the World's for 10 years in a row.
Unfortunately his journey was cut short, after suffering a heart attack a day prior to last weekend's competition, which eventually proved fatal two days later. It is hard to imagine what his family is going through right now. My family can only wish his wife, children, brothers and parents our deepest condolences.
All our staff at World Black Belt send their condolences to Brad's family and friends.
Brad will rest in peace at his family grounds, in Iowa. A memorial will take place in Dallas, Texas, at a date to be announced soon.
Brad, stay in peace, and thanks for blessing our lives with your friendship. Your dedication to the martial arts is a legacy that we will strive to maintain alive.