Less than two weeks after he lost his life in car crash, actor Paul Walker was awarded the black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by his instructor and mentor.
Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller fue el maestro de Walker por nueve años y quisó honrar a su amigo.
“He always wanted to showcase Jiu-Jitsu in his movies,” Miller wrote on the Paragon Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu website. “Rather than the punches and kicks so common to many action films, he wanted to use his movies as a stage for Jiu-Jitsu. Some of the Jiu-Jitsu techniques from our training sessions were utilized in the Fast and Furious series. Paul would always tell me that he did not just want to be known for fast cars. He wanted to be known for fast cars and Jiu-Jitsu. He wanted to be an ambassador for Jiu-Jitsu.”
At the time of his death, Walker had already achieved a brown belt and has now been granted the highest level of competence in martial arts thanks to his instructor.
Walker died on November 30 of traumatic and thermal injuries when the Porshe he was riding in crashed into a light pole and burst into flames in Santa Clarita.