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The International Jiu-Jitsu Education Fund One Year Anniversary

Join us for the one year anniversary of IJEF!

The International Jiu-Jitsu Education Fund is celebrating one year of providing free jiu-jitsu to children around the world. What a year it has been. In 12 months, we’ve founded 5 projects — Guatemala, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, and Los Angeles. In each of these locations, dedicated Roll Models are guiding children in the ways of jiu-jitsu, teaching focus, discipline, confidence, and respect. Across all 5 sites, more than 200 children are learning jiu-jitsu absolutely FREE! We think that’s something to be proud of!

We’re marking our the one year anniversary of IJEF with a big celebration on Saturday September 9th. The day will feature a great class for the kids along with some special fun and games. Then the adults will hit the mat for a super rolling and open mat. Afterwards, we’ll finish up with a potluck party. All of this is happening at Level Up West Los Angeles on Saturday September 9th… Can’t wait to see you there!

M Theory Martial Arts Fundraiser in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Thanks to M-Theory Martial Arts and The Academy!

Saturday June 10th marked the first fundraiser with IJEF-affiliated academies M-Theory Martial Arts and The Academy. These two schools helped The International Jiu-Jitsu Education Fund raise over $1900 for the IJEF mission!!! As our staff is works on an entirely volunteer basis, 100% of these funds will go to helping spread jiu-jitsu practice to underprivileged communities in Ecuador, Chile, Guatemala, Brazil, Los Angeles, and elsewhere around the world!

According the fundraiser’s organizer, Professor Ishmael Bentley, over 60 students attended the two-part seminar, which began at The Academy in the morning and finished at M-Theory in the afternoon. Among the attendees were a total of NINE black belts — amazing to have so much jiu-jitsu knowledge concentrated in one place!

The morning began with accomplished martial artist Renan Vital showing some judo moves and guard passes. Then Professor Ishmael showed some guard passes, followed by Professor Greg demonstrating some escapes from side control.

Then in the afternoon, Professor Greg showed a number of further guard passes and Professor Ishmael instructing the group in some attacks from the closed guard.

Thanks again to everyone who came out to this event and donated to the IJEF mission! We absolutely could not do what we do without the generous support of so many dedicated jiu-jitsu practitioners helping us Roll Toward a Better World!

M Theory Martial Arts IJEF Fundraiser June 2017

Calling all BJJers in the Minneapolis area!

Here at The International Jiu-Jitsu Education Fund, we’re honored to have the support of martial artists and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academies across the world. One of our most committed supporting academies — M-Theory Martial Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota — is showing their support for IJEF this weekend with an amazing black belt seminar and fundraiser THIS SATURDAY June 10 starting at 10 AM! M-Theory’s head instructor, 3rd degree black belt Professor Ishmael Bentley will be joined by Professors Jared Feierabend and Greg Nelson, who are generously donating their time for a two-part seminar! Three black belts, two separate seminars — what more could a jiu-jitsu lover ask for?

The day will kick off at Professor Nelson’s school, The Academy, from 10 AM to 12 PM. After a quick lunch and buzz over to Professor Bentley’s academy, the jiu-jitsu will continue! We hope to see a big turnout to benefit our efforts to bring free jiu-jitsu to children across the world.

And best of all, the ultra-talented black belts Renan and Rubens Vital will be on the mat taking on any and all challengers — hope to see you there!

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this picture describes Saturday’s competition, completely. Caring, support and friendship was felt by all! On Saturday, April 22nd 2017 the first ever IJEF Benefit Tournament was held at Pacific Top Team, Corona hosted by Jiu Jitsu Connection and many supportive academies in Southern California.
Almost 100 competitors came together to compete in this milestone of an event. There were kids of all ages and adults as well competing for a great cause in an effort to support children in South America and around the world to help provide uniforms and Jiu Jitsu to these impoverished communities. Several academies participated including Vilanova Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Camarillo, Level Up Brazilian Jiu Jitsu West Los Angeles, Inner Strength Martial Arts Santa Maria, All American Jiu Jitsu Academy, and others. Jiu Jitsu Connection is a movement of friendly schools getting together to promote Jiu Jitsu, friendship, and helping others in a positive environment and for positive causes such as supporting the International Jiu Jitsu Education Fund. We’d like to thank everyone for participating and we appreciate you so much! Your support means everything!!🙏🏼
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Jiu Jitsu Connection

Come to the Jiu Jitsu Connection IJEF Benefit Tournament, Saturday April 22nd!

This weekend’s Jiu Jitsu Connection IJEF Benefit Tournament will be the first in-house tournament held by Jiu Jitsu Connection — we are so excited to have the support of this California-based Jiu Jitsu association. Jiu Jitsu Connection is an association of friendly academies that get together for training, exchange, and support. They’ve been highly involved with a number of charitable organizations, raising funds for breast cancer awareness, important surgeries for members of associated academies, and now IJEF kids! Originating with Level Up Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in West Los Angeles, Pacific Top Team in Corona, and Vilanova Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Camarillo, Jiu Jitsu Connection has grown to several other academies and has become a great movement of Jiu Jitsu friendship.

Thank you Jiu Jitsu Connection for your support of the International Jiu Jitsu Education Fund! If you’re interested in participating in the Benenfit Tournament, check the Facebook event or contact Pacific Top Team in Corona, California, the host of the tournament.

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IJEF-Jiu-Jitsu-Ecuador

Congratulations to Coach Bryan Tamayo, Pacific Top Team Ecuador and Team Viejo Luchador! They hosted the first ever IJEF Ecuador Kids Tournament! We also want to congratulation all of the kids on an outstanding job! Coach Bryan and his staff in Porto Viejo, Ecuador have been running the IJEF project there for almost a year now and have almost 50 students consistently practicing in the IJEF kids classes. Coach Bryan started by advertising in the local slum which is on an adjacent hill facing his academy. He advertised to parents of children who had no activity to do and who had no money to afford activities for their children. The slum that they are a part of is called, San Pablo and is notorious for poverty and violence. Coach Bryan brought these children in with the support of the International Jiu Jitsu Education Fund sponsorship and now these children are training and have uniforms and hope. This tournament is a testament to their hard work and that of Coach Bryan and his staff. Congratulations everyone on your hard work!
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40 Kids Training Free IJEF Ecuador Image

Wow! Coach Bryan Tamayo of the Ecuador Project has already increased his enrollment from 15 to 40 kids in just a few short weeks! What a dedicated Roll Model. Bryan’s work really illustrates the community-building power of jiu-jitsu. When these kids are “on the mat” — a revered and special place for a martial artist — they are expected to practice mutual respect and to work as a team to make everyone better. They learn to love others’ success as much as they love their own. And these principles pay off — just look how much fun they’re having in this image, courtesy of Coach Bryan!

Our focus is now to get each of these kids a personal uniform, known as a gi, as soon as possible. Donate to make this mission happen. Just $20 will buy and deliver a gi to one of these awesome kids!

32 Kids Training Free in Sao Paulo

We’re happy to announce that IJEF’s Brazil Project is now teaching jiu-jitsu to a total of 32 children absolutely FREE. Coach Felipe, based in São Paulo, Brazil, and sponsored by Level Up BJJ in West Los Angeles, has been putting in some serious effort to recruit and train as many kids as he can — it’s clear his hard work is paying off!

Way to go Coach Felipe, and keep up the fantastic work!

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The International Jiu-Jitsu Education Fund is ecstatic to announce a brand new addition to the IJEF family: Coach Bryan Tamayo of Ecuador! Sponsored by Pacific Top Team out of Corona, CA, Coach Bryan is a dedicated jiu-jitsu coach and practitioner. He loves teaching kids the art and discipline of jiu-jitsu, and he’s beyond excited to be funded by IJEF so he can support himself while living his dream!
We can hardly believe how fast our movement is growing. Join us — sponsor Roll Model or send a child a uniform by making a donation today!

Xela Academy 30 Kids Image
Another day, another exciting update from IJEF, the International Jiu-Jitsu Education Fund. Today we’re happy to report Coach Oswaldo of Xela, Guatemala added his 28th student to the roster!
Coach Oswaldo began his instruction with just twelve students, training on a dirt floor in gym shorts. When we came to visit, he had around 20 students. We’re glad we brought some extra uniformss, since his school only continues to grow! In fact, the image for this post was Coach Oswaldo’s academy as of August — from 14 to 28 students in just over a month. Incredible work!
With any luck, Coach Oswaldo will need some more uniforms soon. Help him out by making a donation — just $20 covers the cost to get a brand new kids uniform to his academy!

IJEF: The International Jiu-Jitsu Education Fund