About Us

Who We Are

Tap Cancer Out is a jiu-jitsu based 501(c)(3) nonprofit raising awareness and funds for cancer fighting organizations on behalf of the grappling community. We do this primarily through hosting the most philanthropic fundraising tournaments in the world, but also through direct donations and merchandise sales. Since 2011, we’ve hosted dozens of tournaments and have donated more than $1,375,000 to our beneficiaries.

We have earned the Silver Seal of Transparency from Guidestar for 2018.

The Problem

It is no secret that cancer is killing millions of people worldwide. This year alone over 560,000 people will lose their fight with cancer. That’s more than 1,500 each day. In the U.S., Cancer is the second most common cause of death and accounts for nearly 1 out of every 4 deaths.

I’ve lost too many of my family and friends to cancer, and I know you have too.

Cancer is a formidable opponent – but we can beat it.

Tap Cancer Out’s founder, Jon Thomas, has spent the last ten years of his life training in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). While the sport is commonly misunderstood as something similar to cage-fighting, it is actually quite the contrary.  BJJ is both martial art and sport – a method for promoting both physical fitness and high moral character, and ultimately, a way of life.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu offers far more to a student than a repertoire of arm locks and chokeholds.  It builds camaraderie, self-respect, and discipline. The student becomes part of a team, and ultimately a community of grapplers.

But what does BJJ have to do with finding a cure for cancer?

It’s more likely than not that your life has not been touched in one way or another by cancer. We’ve all lost family and friends to this relentless disease. But there are people out there that are dedicating their lives to finding a cure, and they need our support.

At Tap Cancer Out, we believe that the jiu-jitsu community can come together to support these organizations, hospitals, doctors, researchers and volunteers who won’t quit until they’ve forced cancer to tap out.

We have an opportunity to unite and make a direct and tangible difference in this world. The funds raised by Tap Cancer Out (or more specifically, its amazing competitors/fundraisers) benefit foundations dedicated to fighting cancer on behalf of the BJJ community. We had a very successful relationship in 2012 and 2013, raising more than $85,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In 2014 and 2015 we raised more than $240,000 supporting the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. In 2016 and 2017 we raised more than $500,000 for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

We can show the world that jiu-jitsu is more than just fighting – it’s a family – one that’s dedicated to changing the world for the better.

This is difficult, and it’s not going to happen tomorrow, but we can do it together, as a community.

I don’t grapple. Can I still help?

You don’t have to be a grappler to help. As long as you’re dedicated to finding a cure for cancer, we want you on our team. So slap on your favorite submission hold and let’s force cancer to tap out, once and for all.

Thank you so much for your support.

“Tap Out: A combat sports term for yielding to the opponent, and hence resulting in an immediate defeat.