Truly Inspirational… World Champion Felipe Costa volunteering time to teach Visually Challenged Children!

I’ve said it many times before, but one of the great things about Jiu jitsu is the quality of people who it tends to attract. It’s tough to train in the art if you have an inflated ego, lack of regard for your fellow-man/woman, are selfish and self-absorbed or just have a plain old bad attitude! Jiu jitsu training challenges your ego, tests your patience and problem solving abilities, teaches you to work with and help your fellow-man/woman, pushes you to test your physical and mental limits and helps you to grow as an individual! Jiu jitsu is a life changing art in more ways than one. It’s not just about teaching you how to defend yourself but teaching you how to face your problems, weaknesses and  fears and OVERCOME them!

In a beautiful show of compassion Jiu jitsu Champions Rodrigo “Comprido” Medeiros, Michelle Matta and Felipe Costa (All from Team BRASA) started a social project dedicated to teaching Jiu jitsu to Visually Challenged children. Now lead by Felipe Costa, Michelle Matta and Joao Marcelo, the trio are dedicated to volunteering their time and skills to help improve the lives of Visually Challenged children in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Below is a clip of Felipe Costa rolling with one of his Blind students. Great technique… Simply Amazing!

I hope you appreciate this clip as much as I have! And for those of you who have made it through to blue belt and beyond, take a moment to think about just how tough the journey was for you, how much time you spent on the mat, the sweat, pain and exhaustion that you went through to learn and now think… These children are doing it all without the gift of sight!!! It is Truly Inspirational! To find out more about this wonderful cause, please visit  http://www.brazilianblackbelt.com/academies_view.php?idAcademies=11 , unfortunately most of it is in Portuguese but I’m sure you get the idea! And these children sure do have some nice Jiu jitsu! I hope this inspires more Jiu jitsu Instructors to reach out and help those less fortunate in the community and share our art!

Good luck with your training and Happy rolling!

Felipe 

Jiu jitsu Kingdom

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