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Exploring the competitive climate of Brazilian jiu-jitsu you will uncover that there are many athletes who are consumed with the ambition of becoming the best in the world. While most have found success from victories and medals obtained in competition some individuals have reached similar feats through their work outside the gym. Team Quest BJJ blue belt Jeff Larsen may appear to be your typical Jiu-Jitsu practitioner partaking in the sport. However outside of the Gi is a person that is documented for his noble deeds to helping those in need in his community and around the world.
Trials and tribulations always have a way of shaping a person's direction in life for better or worse. Raised in a broken home alongside his sister with his parents separated Larsen had to deal with the heavy load of having instability in the home. Growing up was not a task for Larsen. Nevertheless through the darkness would shine a glimmer of light which found Jeff channeling his pain through his participation in sports. Whether it was basketball, wrestling, or a successful run as a high school football player his involvement unquestionably instilled a positive effect in his life which miraculously also brought his family together in support of his work.
Sunday, April 17th, we raised $3000 which is a lot. Great event! Rigan and John Machado were there. There should be a bunch of pictures online of the event.
Kids Kicking Cancer is a charity that teaches Children dealing with Cancer treatments how to deal with the pain through meditation. We also teach them martial arts to help releive thier stress and build them self-esteem. www.powerpeacepurpose.com is the website that will give you info on the charity.
Fight Gone Bad 6: Supporting a Good Cause
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!
For more information on this great fundraiser visit https://fgb6.rapidgiving.com/frp/fundraise.aspx?pk=FM0V8E2
LUTA is a unique fight wear company that focuses not only on innovative product design but also on their strong sense of social awareness and responsibility. As a company they share 50% of their profits with Fight for Peace International, an international organization that opens and runs academies combining boxing, martial arts as well as educational and personal development programs. The academies are in areas of the world where there are few opportunities for young people that don’t involve crime and violence. For this review LUTA sent their two most popular products: the MMA Performance rash guard and MMA fight shorts as well as their newest innovation the Laser Tech rash guard. My first introduction to LUTA was at BJJHQ when the MMA Performance rash guard was posted and promptly sold out. Luta offers rashguards, fight shorts, boxing training gear, and clothing.
From the LUTA website:
Born in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Luta is a new fightwear and lifestyle clothing brand that brings together real fight performance, favela street style and a genuine social mission.
LUTA, Portuguese for fight, was founded for three reasons:
1st - There was a need for really advanced performance fightwear and trainingwear.
2nd - I wanted to pay homage to the positive energy in the favelas and the strength I’d witnessed training young champions there since 2000.
3rd - I wanted to support those young champions in communities that suffer from crime and violence, by providing Fight for Peace with a profit share in the company.
One last thing before the review. To celebrate LUTA's new US Website we've gotten a 25% off coupon code good for all purchases from the US shop! The code is: BJJVIP and will be valid until December 19th, 2012.
United Patch: Have you seen it?
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!