Announcing our new “Community Builders Page”. On this page we will highlight people and organizations that are veteran owned or have a mission to serve military, law enforcement, and first responders. We will also spotlight individuals who volunteer their most precious equity, time, without asking for anything in return. The sole purpose of this particular page is to help spread awareness of these programs in order to help build the community and to thank those who keep this program moving forward.

Our mission is “All In,” we welcome any program or service that supports our methodology of Trusting the Process. Physical Activity, Rest and Recuperation, Optimal Nutrition, Cognitive Training, Emotional Regulation, Social Interaction, and Synergy. No bullying, No Politics.

If you would like to recommend a person or organization to be spotlighted on the page please send us an email at WPOALLInFoundation@gmail.com

This week we spotlight a good friend of mine, Mateo Nunez. I’ve know Mateo for maybe 4 years or so and since day 1 he has always offered to help the foundation in any way possible.

Mateo has been on two WPO podcasts and helped plan and coordinate a third, he has been instrumental in collecting Gi’s for our military members at Belvoir Grappling, and most recently has taken up the charge of acting as our ambassador in Puerto Rico. Mateo headed off to the island to help support the Jiu Jitsu Winter Challenge and talk to veterans about the All In Foundation and our mission assist those looking for a sense a community. Big shout out and thank you for everything you do!

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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.

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.