Black Belt Jim Hughes, with the blessing of his legendary teacher, Royce Gracie announces the promotion of Dr. Alan Fein to Brown Belt in Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
West Hartford, CT, November 27, 2017 — “Dr. Fein came to us already as a very skilled martial artist when he was 60 years old, and he was already a Black Belt in Judo,” says Jim Hughes. “Alan has been an inspiration to all of us over the years and a really great training partner to many. His promotion to Brown Belt in Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is well deserved. It is especially terrific to see Alan and his Grandsons Jordan, Jacob, and Sammy training together. Gracie Jiu Jitsu is a very special family martial art made popular by Royce and his brothers and cousins. Alan is a great example of our practice!”
Dr. Alan Fein is the son of immigrants who came through Ellis Island to New York. Born in Brooklyn on February 12, 1942, he graduated from Brooklyn Technical high school and went on to receive a Bachelor's Degree from CCNY, the City University of New York while working there, and he went on to receive a graduate degree from Columbia University and graduated at the top of his class in the Master's degree program in Engineering. Subsequently he went on to study and received two PHDs from John's Hopkins University, one in Biomedical Engineering from the school of Engineering and one in Biology and Physiology from the Medical School. While in college, Alan wrestled on the wrestling team. Alan worked at the Marine Biological Laboratories in Woods Hole, on Cape Cod for 15 years after graduating from John's Hopkins University. While there he wrote a book called “Photoreceptors and Their Role in Vision.” Alan married his high school sweetheart in 1963 and is still married to her today, Marlene Fein, and they live in Simsbury. Alan has three daughters, Laura, Claire, and Rachel, and 5 grandchildren, Jordan 13, Ethan 10, Sophie 10, Jacob 8, and Sammy 6. Alan moved to Connecticut in 1987 with his family, and took a teaching and research position on the faculty at UCONN, teaching the medical and dental students and doing research in the Physiology department. Alan retired at the end of this June 2017 after 30 years of working at UCONN. Alan, has been involved with some sort of martial arts ever since college. Alan also likes, hiking, biking, gardening, reading, and traveling in his free time. Alan is also a great ballroom and Latin dancer after years of lessons, and he has enjoyed dancing for many years. Alan also wrote another book about pain which is published online and is used in the curriculum at many universities. It is free for all who want to read it and can be found at the following links www.gracie-jiu-jitsu.com and www.SuperKids-Karate.com
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