Vector Jiu-Jitsu Owners, Chris & Beth Thrasher, want to issue a challenge to every Jiu-Jitsu practitioner in the world: Donate $1 to support this Mississippi team so they can open a new independent facility so kids from any high school can join.
In recent months, the City of Jackson, Mississippi has been plagued by a staggering increase in criminal gang activity and gang recruiting.
Robbery, rape and murder are daily news headlines like never before. Kids are killing kids for nothing out here. Too many of my high school math students discuss gang activity like it’s the only viable option for them. We had grown men show up outside the high school where we train to beat up females in a massive 50+ person gang fight after school. Parents are urging their children to fight each other, videotaping it, putting it on the internet and brandishing firearms… possibly the most disturbing part of these instances, is that not an eye is batted when firearms come out because the community is so desensitized to this level of depravity.
The time is now to prove that Jiu-Jitsu could save an entire city. We are at a tipping point in our push to expand Vector Jiu-Jitsu. Chris and I are working minor miracles with the teenagers we can get through the door. Our ability to get kids through the door (i.e. promote the program) is limited by our ability to finance a larger, independent training space open to ALL kids in the city not just one high school – where too many young adults have become “set in their ways.” Community leaders are aware of what we are doing, approve of it, but seem reticent to jump in with both feet to assist us. I know in my heart if we can cultivate a large, eager group of elementary & middle school aged children, that Jiu-Jitsu could begin to turn around the culture of violence and hopelessness that envelopes this city.
We need to make noise, we need to leave our City Government and School District no choice but to take notice. If we can show the people in power here that Jiu-Jitsu as a community alone is an agent for change. I think we could get them to get behind matching funding for a Vector Jiu-Jitsu Facility in the city. If everyone that reads this donates just $1, it would get the ball rolling for our organization. Will you accept the challenge?
Designed by Seattle-area artist Javier Villalpando of Revolver MMA to support Luciano Mariano and his first trip the United States to compete at the IBJJF World Championships.
JamminBJJ is a non-profit affiliate of the CarlyStowellFoundation that brings gis to athletes that need them, both in Brazil and the US (Give the Gift of a Gi). We also provide financial aid so that all athletes can experience participation in BJJ.
Luciano Mariano is a blue belt BJJ fighter from the municipality of Japeri in Rio. He lost both of his arms at the elbow after a crib fire and competes despite being a double-arm amputee. He will be competing in his first ever international tournament in the rooster-weight division at Worlds next weekend. His trip was made possible through JamminBJJ, The Challenged Athlete Foundation and donations from the ever-supportive Jiu-Jitsu community. Jiu-Jitsu can change lives, build character, give hope and help athletes fulfill their lifelong dreams.
Five year old donates his too small gi and receives an new one thanks to the Give a Gift of a Gi Program.
Nicholas father died when he was just 18 months old. Nicholas’ mother Satu Immermann was widowed three years ago when her husband had a heart attack while in the backyard playing with the kids. This left Satu to raise three small children on her own.
Jammin' BJJ is a branch of the non-profit organization The Carly Stowell Foundation (CSF). The CSF provides enhanced education in sports and music to young people who demonstrate passion for learning and a commitment to excel. The Give the Gift of a Gi program is part of the organization that takes donated gis and repurposes them. Most gis are given to children who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford one. Some of the badly tattered gis are sewn into gi bags and a few, the worst of the worst, are sold in bulk as raw cotton to help cover the cost of shipping.
Elena Stowell is the founder of the Jammin BJJ Foundation. She was moved to create the foundation after the sudden death of her 15-year-old daughter, the subsequent depression and finding Jiu-Jitsu to help cope with the loss. “Passion”, states Elena. Elena has written book ‘FLOWING WITH THE GO: A Jiu-Jitsu Journey Of The Soul’ about her journey to her blue belt and her path to acceptance of the loss of her daughter.
Nicholas, the 18-month-old, is now 5 and in kindergarten. He has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for two years through a neighborhood program. The class is taught by Professor Kris Shaw who is black belt under Tinguinha and a mother of four young girls. The class is held at Carlson Gracie OC even though Kris has no affiliation there. Troy Acker, the academy owner and black belt under Franco De Camargo, rents the space at a reduced rate so the class can take place.
In the months before Satu’s husband died, she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. When her husband passed, it left the family financially struggling. Despite a long, drawn out foreclosure and eventual short sale, Satu and the children are doing ok.
Nicholas quickly out grew his M0000. It was a hand-me-down and never quite fit him anyway. The Jammin BJJ Foundation heard about his family and his willingness to learn, listen and train and found him a new M00 with lots of growing room. Best part is that he traded in his M0000 and now another deserving (little) kid gets to train.
Nicholas’ new gi was donated by Marcelo Alonso’s team and has a Marcelo Alonso patch on it. It’s an interesting turn of events because Marcelo, Troy, and Franco are all part of the Carlson Gracie Team and classes are held at a Carlson Gracie academy. (Carlson Gracie OC)
If you would like to donate an old gi or organize a kid’s seminar please contact Elena Stowell at the Carly Stowell / Jammin' BJJ Foundation 16915 272nd St SE Suite 100 Box 101 Covington, WA 98042
What is the Black Friday Grapplethon? This part is pretty easy. On Nov. 29th (Black Friday) there will be a 12 hour open mat in Granite City, IL (minutes from downtown St Louis) at Finney’s HIT Squad. During this open mat will are committed to having at least two people rolling from 8am to 8pm. The event will have free food and drinks for the participants and EVERYONE is welcome. We’ll have gi and nogi grapplers, kids to seniors and every skill level will be represented.
Black Friday Grapplethon is raising funds to support to Tap Cancer Out (http://www.tapcancerout.org), a jiu-jitsu based 501(c)(3) nonprofit raising awareness and funds for cancer fighting organizations on behalf of the grappling community. Tap Cancer Out is currently raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. All monetary donations thru the fundraising page will be accompanied by a receipt and are tax deductible.
Grapplethon 2: SoCal Jiu-Jitsu Community Unite in Support for Frank Edge
Giving and receiving are frequent sensations a practitioner will experience being involved in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Employing the technique of giving August 24th marked a monumental day for the Jiu-Jitsu community in Southern California. Unifying together for a charitable rally Grapplethon 2 unveiled the true power of the strong support system that exists in our community through the event’s efforts in aiding cancer battling contender Frank Edge.
Hosted at Dan Lukehart’s Brea Jiu-Jitsu academy the event brought together over 67 grapplers from various schools such as Atos JJ, Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu, Gracie Barra, amongst other we'll established Jiu-Jitsu teams.
With gathered proceeds aimed toward assisting Edge Grapplethon 2 featured a three hour fun-filled extravaganza which included nonstop training, raffle prizes, an insane 180 minute charity challenge, and most importantly exposing the unique camaraderie that exist in the Southern California BJJ community.
“It was truly a pleasure to host Grapplethon 2.” said event host Dan Lukehart. “The Grapplethon concept fits well with our gym’s philosophy and we want to support any attempt to bring the Jiu-Jitsu community together - particularly for such a great cause. Seeing so many people rally for somebody, most had never met, really shows how tightly knit our community is.”
In 2011, a friend of mine in Canada mentioned she was planning to join a twenty four hour ‘Grapple-A-Thon’ at Martial Arts Planet in Kingston, Ontario. The basic premise was that at least two people spar over a twenty-four hour period, with the option of also fundraising for their chosen charity. Fortunately for those of us thousands of miles away, the organisers were going to set up a live stream from the gym, meaning I could watch the action from my laptop in England.
Liz Sussan, Da Firma Kimono Company, NHB Gear, & Ingenuitek have come together to design this woven patch to represent the BJJ community being UNITED against rape and abuse.
The large size is 11"x4" and is $12 and the small size is 6"x3" and is $10. Since February, over $1,000 in proceeds from the patches has been donated to RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. We've been asked by the survivor of the NYE assault to donate proceeds to the Network for Victim Recovery of DC (www.nvrdc.org) because that organization has assisted her since January with all of her needs. So we are now directing a large portion of proceeds from the patches to NVRDC. We estimate that at least 80% from each patch purchase price will be donated to NVRDC or RAINN for their wonderful survivor support and community awareness work.
Let's show how we're UNITED against rape and abuse by wearing these patches on our Gis!
Huge shout out to Da Firma Kimono Company, NHB Gear, & Ingenuitek for the production and their donation to the cause! They continue to amaze with their kindness and generosity!
Sponsored by www.martialartsrecovery.com Crossfit Instructor Kevin Malahy of Crossfit Native and BJJ Blue Belt Lovato will be involved a great fundraiser at Fight Gone Bad 6 for a great cause.
The Challenge : On September 17, 2011, CrossFitters from around the world will come together to endure 17 minutes of one of our most grueling workouts in honor of those men and women who have given a lifetime of service and sacrifice. For 17 minutes, we will push ourselves further, challenge ourselves deeper, feel the doubt and wonder if we can make it, but then remember why we are there and appreciate fully those who we wish to honor. We turn to you, our community of friends and family, to join us by donating what you can or what you are inspired to give to two phenomenal organizations that provide immediate and measurable support without waste or delay.
The heart of an athlete can change the game. The soul of an athlete can change the world.
Reason For the Cause: To support all my family, friends, and their families in their sacrifices to keep us safe and free!