Over the past year Southern California has been instrumental in showcasing great unity in the BJJ Community with the “Grapplethon” pioneered by Monta Wiley. The March 22 2014 Event proved to be no exception as a group of Ju Jitsu martial artists came together in Laguna Niguel, California at the Optimus Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for another monumental Grapplethon charity event, showing their support for 24 year old BJJ blue belt Dana Moore (who recently sustained a spinal injury that left him paralyzed from the rib-cage down).
The event brought together over 60 jiu jitsu practitioners throughout Southern California including Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Aliso Viejo and Laguna Niguel. The teams of Atos JJ, Checkmat, Ribiero Jiu-jitsu, Clark Gracie Jiu-jitsu and Tinguinha BJJ, amongst other top jiu-jitsu camps were there to show their support.
From start to finish Team Dana Moore didn’t hold anything back! The ocean air and clean water made a perfect back drop for this fun-filled training event that included over 4 hours of nonstop rolling, a 300 Roll Challenge, and almost every participant walking away with a raffle gift. Most importantly, it revealed the camaraderie of our martial art community. After generating over $2,000 from on-the-day donations, it’s safe to say ‘Grapplethon: Team Dana Moore’ was a success. The brotherhood and warm atmosphere displayed on the mats at Optimus BJJ exhibited characteristics of kindness and unification amongst grapplers, showing their support for someone in need. All in attendance were inspired by Dana’s story of perseverance and strength in the face of hardship.
People have been calling and asking how they can donate money over the last few weeks since the event.
Please send all donations to: 28071 Georgetown, Mission Viejo, CA 92692