In 2006 Second Degree BJJ Black Belt Allen J. Sachetti had gone to Brazil to improve and refine his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at an intensive training camp run by Professors Luiz Palhares and Cladio Fontes. It was excellent all day training with several 3 Time World BJJ Champions. Allen went from 230 to 205 during he trained, rolled and competed with the best in world for Brazlian Jiu-Jitsu.
Upon returning to the States Sensei Sachetti went right back to his school to teach but he noticed a distinct pain in his left shoulder. Upon a seeing a Doctor he we was met with heart breaking news. His left shoulder had some of worst Arthritis ever seen by medical science. The ball part of the joint had been completely worn down so that it was flat and there were massive amounts of broken loose pieces of bone in his arm.
He had an acromioplasti in 2006 but it did really little to help and in fact made it feel worse. The Doctors advised that he needed a shoulder replacement but he was too young. That the materials they had then would just wear out and he would need to be back every year for another one, which of course the body cannot do.
Sensei Sachetti was advised to retire from BJJ & MMA, but he was reaching new heights in Skill Level and Conditioning, not to mention there were so many students counting on him to teach them. So he said no and continued training, teaching and fighting.
In 2007 Allen Sachetti earned his Black Belt in BJJ from Professor Luiz Palhares and in 2008 he opened 2 Dauntless BJJ & MMA Academy’s (one in Newark and one in Smyrna Delaware) where he continued onto great success rolling and teaching many young people onto great proficiency in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Striking, Pekiti-Tirsia and MMA.
In fact since 1998 Allen J. Sachetti has produced the most MMA Fighters in Delaware with the most Wins and he has also produced the most Blue, Purple, Brown and Black Belts in BJJ than anyone else in Delaware can even come close to. In 2010 he was promoted to 1st Degree Black Belt and in 2013 he was promoted to 2nd Degree Black Belt by Luiz Palhares.
Sensei Sachetti also became well known not only for developing the soundest foundations in students for BJJ but also the best for taking them into the more intricate, higher level technical expressions of BJJ with a much deeper understanding of “Energy” in how it is applied, how it is maintained and then how it is transferred throughout the moves in BJJ. This makes a big difference in your ability to perform any BJJ Technique.
However as time pressed on so did the shoulder. It got worse and worse until in 2013 the pain became unbearable. At night Allen could not longer sleep straight through, as even the slightest pressure soon would prove excruciating. Then during the day any posting with the left hand or pressure was as well agonizing. It was cronic 24/7 pain. “I forgot was it was like to NOT feel pain in my shoulder” said Allen J. Sachetti.
Mr. Sachetti went through a parade of Doctors from 2013 to 2016 but this time none of them felt the confidence to touch his shoulder, they were quite concerned how they could fix this. Doctor after Doctor seemed just to be more bad news and the pain just went on and on.
In this however Allen was not grim. He always Praised the Lord Jesus Christ and he says “he knew his God would always deliver him”. Then in late 2016 Allen Sachetti met one Doctor Gerald Williams at the Rothman Institute. Dr. Williams is a particular genius when it comes to shoulders, in fact it is all he ever does. Dr Williams saw hope where others did not.
So on January 9th, 2017 Dr. Williams reconstructed a very special shoulder made out of Cobalt and Titanium within the humerous of Professor Allen J. Sachetti. it is quite a rig for sure and the good news is that Dr. Williams believes that Sensei Sachetti will after a recovery time be able to get another full 10 years of his BJJ & MMA fighting ability out of this. Apparently it is not just the material of the shoulder but the “placement” and stitching of the soft tissue around it to create and even stronger shoulder than before.
So now the patient part is the recovery. Allen says “it feels like I am all cut up inside” and Mr. Sachetti is right, HE IS. There was a lot of stitching and reconstruction of tendons and ligaments around this hunk of metal in his shoulder and he must now do ONLY passive exercises for the next 4 weeks until he sees Dr. Williams again.
Professor Sachetti however is in very good spirits has he has gone through the whole surgery WITHOUT A SINGLE OPPIATE!! That’s right no pain killers, He is fine and following Doctors orders but take a look at this scar below.
THAT IS DETERMINATION!! The Doctor says that once Mr. Sachetti completes the prescribed recovery after 8 to 10 weeks he will then go through another period of strengthening, then another final one after that to return to full potentional.
As it common in the Martial Arts industry I know there were some cowardly weasels out there who tried to talk shit about Mr. Sachetti as he was prohibited from wrestling from 2013 to 2016, but I can tell you that I rolled with this man in 2011 and 2012 and not only was his Skill Level and FREAKING READING ABILITY absolutely phenomenal but he is also just a FREAKING MONSTOR OF DRIVE AND DETERMINATION. The man embodies the essence of the word Warrior and puts out more effort than seems normal for a human being. I would be really worried if I was one of the morons who tried to talk trash about this man because when he is back on the mat HE IS GOING TO BE A DESTROYER!!
That being said I would watch out for this man when he gets better, he is only 53 and a very strong 53, sure he needs to loose weight but this guy has got some kind of natural testosterone source or something because even when I watch him lift weights he seems to bulk up quicker than other people do. So I can only imagine how his ligaments and tendons must be healing now too.
What truly makes Allen Sachetti formidable though is his Faith. He really has a special relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. He loves all and forgives all, even the worst of the worst who don’t deserve it. True he loves being a Warrior but I think he loves Jesus Christ more and counts himself lucky to have this recovery time not only to heal but to also let God work on him and his heart.
All in all I must say that Mr. Allen J. Sachetti is a very unique individual and I really enjoyed spending time with him not only as his student but also to write this blog. Oh I almost forgot check out Mr. Sachetti’s achievements in Pekiti-Tirsia and the Survival Figthing Axiom as well, that is really unique material. In Pekiti-Tirsia he was just promoted to the rank of Tuhon last year by Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje, An amazing achievement to say the least as well.
- Joseph Ryan