They will be embarking on a ‘submissionary’ trip to Ethiopia in May 2013 to introduce the Gentle Art to the region – and to also use it as a bridge to connect students from the U.S. to Ethiopia via a unique pen pal program. This will be an opportunity for “at risk” kids in the United States to make lasting connections to kids in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – as well as Eritrean Refugees inside of refugee camps in Ethiopia – through a common connection of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Building up to the May trip, they are talking with several organizations interested in helping contribute gear & equipment for this inaugural trip.
Would you be interested in being involved in this project through sponsorship or including your students in this program? Or even buying a t-shirt? They have some cool ones on their site: www.BJJinETHIOPIA.com.
Here’s what Beth says (Co-Founder of Vector Jiu Jitsu, for at-risk students in Jackson, MS) “Training in BJJ saved my life, it brought me out of a dark time, gave me the boldness to switch careers and led me to the complete and utter fulfillment I experience now. BJJ found my husband at a dark time in his life also. This forged within both of us an overpowering urge to “give back” to this world through Jiu-Jitsu. After much research, determination and faith we have now launched a youth outreach program, based in BJJ training at the high school where I teach. At one of the lowest performing schools in the country, we have seen unbelievable results in some of our kids, and they burst with excitement EVERYDAY we come to train with them to see what sort of personal development milestone they will reach through BJJ in their lives next.”
Beth's program, Vector Jiu Jitsu, is connecting her students with students in Ethiopia. Sean Coleman trains in Atlanta, Georgia and has been in that community for over seven years. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can do so much for children facing bullies, environmental risks (crime, drugs, etc), and even refugees battling depression and hopelessness in Northern Ethiopia.
I appreciate your time and consideration for what “BJJ in ETHIOPIA” has to offer to our communities.
If you’re interested in learning more, please email Sean Coleman at bjjinethiopia(at)gmail.com or call Sean at 404-723-7397.
Details of the project and the upcoming May 10th trip can be found her: