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