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Mark Vives Raises $13,371 Hosting 12 Charity Seminars in 12 Days

From left to right: Lee Zeidman (Zeidman & Associates), Jon Thomas, Mark Vives, Nick Mitria (BJJ Tees) It was November when I received an email from black belt Mark Vives out of Chicago, IL. He apologized for not making it to our Chicago BJJ Open the previous month, but wanted to do something special for us. He had an idea: 12 seminars at 12 different…

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Wrapping Up the Grappling for Good Tour

It was late October of 2017 when it hit me—an idea that would change Tap Cancer Out, and my life. I messaged Adam, at the time one of our most dedicated volunteers, and told him, “I’m about to blow your mind, if you really want to change the world with us…” “I’m sitting down,” he said. At that moment, I pitched it to him. 7…

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The Grappling for Good Tour is Coming!

On the surface, BJJ is a martial art. But at its core, BJJ is much more. We bump fists before we berimbolo, learn as we lasso sweep, and forge friendships as we foot lock. Tap Cancer Out was born as a way to show the world that jiu-jitsu is more than just fighting – it’s a family – one that’s dedicated to changing the world…

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Winter Grapplethon Wrapup

2017 was an amazing inaugural year for our Grapplethon program where we saw seven Grapplethons hosted across North America in Pittsburgh, New Jersey, Upstate New York, Virginia, Las Vegas, Texas, and Vancouver (Canada). Combined, all seven Grapplethons raised an impressive $28,000. We’ve written wrap-up posts about a number of those, so we wanted to keep you all updated on some of the amazing Grapplethons that have taken place over…

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How to Raise $700 in a Single Day of Fundraising

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not great at asking people for things. Whether it’s asking my wife for more of the covers or asking friends to donate to my online fundraising efforts, it’s always a bit awkward. I’d almost prefer to do (or try) everything myself than to bother others. But taking the fight to cancer—that’s not something any of us can do…

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4 Reasons You Can’t Miss our 2018 Connecticut BJJ Open

I’m not going to name them here, but just think about how many tournaments are out there now… It’s funny. When I started training nearly ten years ago, we didn’t have many tournaments to choose from. My first tournament was in New Jersey, about two hours from me, and that felt close. Nowadays, they’re everywhere, and if you’re on the west coast you’re spoiled with…

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