Yesterday we ran our first event of 2020 and our first event with more than a Jiu Jitsu focus. Our intent while planning the event was to introduce art lovers to Jiu Jitsu and Jiu Jitsu lovers to art. The vision and creativity required to be successful in either is actually quite similar so combining these activities seemed to be a good approach for bringing people together. Overall, we had a bunch of fun painting new WPO canvases and rolling 5 minute rounds while making new connections.

Our main contest for the evening was a challenge to create an individual work of art on a 4×6 card. These 4x 6 works are going to be turned into patches and sewn onto our large A7 Gi (donated by Gi’s for Gi’s) for a sort of “patchwork blanket”. This Gi “blanket” will be put on display at local academies, fire stations, and military hospitals in an effort to raise awareness for mental health and to help reduce the stigma associated with discussing mental illness.

A few of the contest entries
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Purchase your tickets and mark you calendar for January 18th 2020! We will be hosting our first Art and Jiu Jitsu Fundraiser Event at Ground Control Columbia in support of our foundation. The event is open to all regardless of affiliation or level of training / experience. Focusing on social interaction and leveraging recreational therapy to build a community, we are combining two of our core elements into one event. We will be setting up and running an art studio and a Jiu Jitsu open mat while providing food and drinks. I think we’ll have everyone covered and create a fun night for everyone in attendance.

We will have a few loaner Gis and art canvases available if anyone wishes to try their hand at creating art or having their first Jiu Jitsu experience.

All proceeds will go towards funding future events and building our community. Please come out and support our effort to help heal the invisible wounds of trauma and bring our loved ones out of darkness.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-jiu-jitsu-building-a-community-tickets-84221363365?aff=ebdssbeac