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.

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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.

Interview with my good friend Pasha Palanker at The Compound in Silver Spring, Maryland. We discuss our mutual interest in building a community for camaraderie and support to active duty, veterans, LEO, first responders, and survivors of domestic terrorism. Some great introductory discussion about depression, PTSD, and those who are suffering in silence.