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Tap Cancer Out BJJ Open Wrapup

Where It All Started In October of 2011, I sat at the Classy Awards hearing about the amazing charitable achievements by individuals, nonprofits and businesses worldwide. I heard stories of sacrifice and of success. I sat there, utterly moved, yet disappointed. Compared to these efforts, by people no different than me, I had done nothing. My thoughts started to race. I told myself then and there that…

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2011: A Look Back

2011 was the year of our nonprofit’s birth, and one that had us experiencing many ups and downs (luckily more ups than downs). Since my wife and I have never run a nonprofit before, we’ve learned an immense amount about the process, including how tedious (and expensive) it can be at times. However, we’ve had a great support system, particularly the support of our thousands…

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Tap Cancer Out – The New Chapter

I wanted to wish a warm welcome to the thousands of Tap Cancer Out fans around the world. As I’m sure you’ve read over the last few months, we ran into some branding issues, thus we’ve decided to alter our brand name slightly. Our former brand name, Tap Out Cancer, will now be Tap Cancer Out from this day forward. If you haven’t already, please…

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Tap Cancer Out Announces Its 2011 Beneficiary

After launching with the mission to unite the jiu-jitsu community to raise awareness and funds for cancer-fighting organizations, Tap Cancer Out is thrilled to announce that their 2011 beneficiary will be the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the…

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Exhaustion and Inspiration in Jiu Jitsu

Jiu-jitsu is not easy. I was a pretty regular gym rat prior to joining my first BJJ gym. I would lift and run at least four times a week, and ran half marathons and 5Ks. When I decided to join Ultimate MMA, I knew I’d be in for a challenge but I figured I was at least in good enough shape to keep up with…

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The Story of Thiago “Roylerzinho” Santos

Today, as I was doing some research on cancer and its effect in the jiu-jitsu community, I came across the story of Thiago da Silva “Roylerzinho” Santos. I didn’t know Thiago, but after reading about him and watching videos of support made by his friends, family, and teammates, there’s no question that Thiago was an incredible soul. His story below was taken from a post found at…

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