Father, husband, soldier, Jiu Jitsu junkie, amateur photographer.

Anyone who has ever served in the Armed Forces is familiar with the challenge coin and the general rules when challenged. This Veterans Day we are running our own version of a coin challenge, open to all, any branch of service, active duty, retired etc. We are not telling what the prize is just yet, but let’s just say that it will match the theme of this challenge (not a coin).

I am holding 1 coin in each one of my hands. If you post a photo with two coins that equal more than the total of my two coins you will be entered into the drawing. If you are the only person whose coins equal more than mine, you win. If no-one has a total higher than mine we will accept the highest total as the winner. To be entered you must post a photo on any of the following; this thread, Facebook or Instagram pages, and then tag us in the photo. The Rank / Grade of the awarder of the coin must be visible in the photo.

So what do we mean by total? Pretty simple.

A coin awarded by an 0-6 and a coin awarded by an O-4 = 10 points. A coin awarded by an E-9 will granted a score of 5. E-8 and below or O-1 and O-2 coins will be deducted points however, we will give you an “E” for effort.

The contest will run from today until December 7th. Winner will be announced shortly thereafter.

Invite your friends, spread the word and good luck.

Happy Veterans Day and thank you for your service.

Interesting survey in this article. I normally take statistics at face value simply because in my opinion numbers can be skewed in order to support any agenda. What this report does capture are some interesting research points that the DOD should look to research on a larger scale.

When referencing our mission and our vision the survey presented the following:

“For many veterans, the imprints of war are felt beyond their tour of duty. The challenges some veterans face during the transition to civilian life can be financial, emotional and professional.

Please take 5-10 minutes to read the article and let us your thoughts.

https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/11/07/key-findings-about-americas-military-veterans/?fbclid=IwAR06ASLzQsW2I7fLNVGlZ-zt5BG-d6xgb1NBv47EE91bY166IrxzL66f6jU

It has been approximately 4 years of work on our effort to build a community and we don’t plan on stopping any time soon. One thing we have realized along the way is that outreach is difficult and despite that fact that people “need” the support network its often hard to bring them out of darkness. The question that remains is, “How do we spread awareness and how do we encourage people to participate and help build the community?”

There of plenty of examples of the potential Jiu Jitsu has to drive change, we simply need to refocus our perspective.

Go Fund me campaigns come and go (often unchecked) while hitting their targets and Jiu Jitsu technique channels get views well into the hundreds while non-profit foundations built to give back to the community often receive little support. Where are the subscribers and followers?

People in the Jiu Jitsu community drop $20 -$200 on a seminar (some simply to support someone’s personal travel) or a private lesson but won’t support a non-profit event with a $20-$25 donation. Most of the time it’s only in support of their specific home academy yet they are all claiming “unity/ community and changing lives”.

People spread Jiu Jitsu memes and self defense “fail videos” like hotcakes but rarely share an article about mental health issues or an event designed to support the community or a nonprofit.

These are just my observations and maybe they are just generalizations. Maybe people just don’t like Work Play Obsession and that’s fine. Please support the community in whatever way makes you feel comfortable but please support. Too many people are suffering in silence and we are losing those who choose to no longer suffer. We need an inclusive community tirelessly building a team that serves to provide a sense of purpose for those we care about.

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Rant over.

Combatives Training with Rob

We enjoy having the ability to give back to the members of our community. Congratulations to our latest contest winner, Robert Emmons, who has been a steady supporter of our efforts for years.

The wining submission was a screenshot captured from Rob’s InstaGram video (link below). We appreciate that Rob not only shares his love of Jiu Jitsu with fellow members of the armed forces but he also takes time out of his schedule to spread the Work Play Obsession mission and to promote The Process.

Congratulations Rob! Looking forward to being the “dummy” for your free private lesson with Max Gimenis.

Subscribe to our website for news of our next contest. You don’t want to miss out!

https://www.instagram.com/p/B4a06uzpDHl/?igshid=1mnda7ro1o4t3

This morning I came across a YouTube post and I wanted to share. I met Mike last summer at a two day personal defense trainers course and as is usually the case for people with similar military backgrounds, we instantly became friends. The two of us and Jordan, another veteran small business owner, spent the weekend bonding over shared experiences and our ideas for the future. This was the point where I realized the power of community, the power of sharing, and the power we have to save our friends through presence, connection, and commitment.

Despite spending the weekend discussing our backgrounds to include triumphs and setbacks I don’t think that I truly understood Mike’s story as well as I did after watching this video. “Let the cold into our bones” conveys the powerful stoic concept of acceptance. I like to say “the only thing we control is our psychological response.” Learn from the experience, share your lessons learned with your community and move forward with a positive outlook.

I encourage you to watch this video and contemplate how you can contribute to community. Nelson Mandela said “If you talk to a man in the language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” Our experiences can only truly be understood by us. We speak to the heart.

Our mission is to connect and build that community through shared experiences and we invite everyone to join us, military, law enforcement, first responders, anyone in need.

Subscribe to our website. We will be sharing more experiences as well as announcing our future events here.

If you need to contact us directly please reach out to WPOAllInFoundation@gmail.com

Trust the Process.

When I first starting training Jiu Jitsu my focus was on self defense, competition, and wining everyday. I didn’t take one second to think about the benefits that Jiu Jitsu as a lifestyle could have, not only on one individual but on a community. Fast forward about 10 years and for me Jiu Jitsu has become something completely different and something much more impactful than a confidence builder and the ability to defend myself.

Physical health, mental health, social interaction, cognitive training are all interwoven into the fabric of Jiu Jitsu. In just a few sessions you meet people from all walks of life, with all different struggles and you bond. I like to say you build a community. As Jiu Jitsu continues to grow and become more mainstream a simple road trip can expand your network across the country and take you places you thought you would never travel. To me, this is the Jiu Jitsu lifestyle.

Remember, we are there to forget our stressors, and to be better than the version of ourselves from the previous day. Do what brings you happiness and helps you fight your battles. Our mission is to help you find that balance, surround ourselves with like minded individuals and to build a support network. Join the community and help us build the team beyond the mats.

AFSP Rollathon 2019

Yesterday we participated in the rollathon in support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The turnout was amazing and I can’t express enough how much I appreciate everyones support towards such an important cause. Attached is the podcast we recorded prior to the event stay tuned for a post event recap!