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Donate A Gi and Change a Life

We all love Jiu-Jitsu.  We all know how it has changed our lives for the better.  Of course we want others to have that same chance.  That is why Mark, my instructor at West Side, has started a after school, free-of-charge, Jiu-Jitsu class for high school students.  Most of these students don’t have the cash to pay for classes.  They don’t have the cash to buy a gi.  But they do have time on their hands.  Time that can be used constructively in learning Jiu-Jitsu or wasted and potential lost.  Mark posted his plea for help in getting gi’s for the kids in Donate A Gi.  It gives instructions on how to send your old or new gi to the program he has started.

I will start by donating three new gis to his effort.  I’d much rather see a young life become a student of Jiu-Jitsu then a student of the streets.  I’m thinking I will added my patch to the gis too (if I can get one in time).  What a good way to introduce them to the online Jiu-Jitsu community.  This might also be a good opportunity for a vendor of gis.  Something like for every so many bought to help the program they will donate one.  Just an idea.

Jiu-Jitsu is Life and Life is Jiu-Jitsu

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7 Responses to “Donate A Gi and Change a Life”

  1. 🙂

  2. Great idea, your coach is a fine man!
    In the UK we have the Future Champions project which pretty much offers the same deal to kids in impoverished areas.
    I have acquired a number of gis now owing to my gi reviews so maybe I should donate a few to them.

  3. I reposted on my blog. Wondering if ya’ll are also teaching girls– I could donate a gi or two but they’d be A1s and I don’t want them to go unused.

  4. I will ask Mark. It is open to all high school students. I understand they have 30 some odd students who will be participating. I sure there are ladies among the group.

  5. Seven girls so far, and as always they’re the killers;)

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