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R4R Podcast Episode 003: Rich McKeegan, Black Belts for Butterflies

In our third episode we had the honor of being joined by Rich McKeegan as our first ever in person guest! Rich is the founder of Blackbelts for Butterflies and is one of the most well-known philanthropists in the BJJ community. He started BB4BF back in 2013 to raise money for the UConn Scholarship Foundation for the victims of Sandy Hook. He then chose to…

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Tap Cancer Out Funds $465,000 in New Grants for Childhood Cancer Research

Grants awarded through Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation support young scientists making strides in developing treatments and cures for childhood cancers. Tap Cancer Out (TCO) is committed to fighting for those in the fight of their lives, and in partnership with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) are facing pediatric cancer head on. TCO’s 2018 fundraising efforts resulted a $465,000 gift to ALSF, which will primarily fund…

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R4R Podcast Episode 001: Alex Ecklin, Masterskya

In our first ever episode we had the honor of chatting with Alex Ecklin. A Vitor Shaolin black belt, Alex has been a longtime supporter of Tap Cancer Out. In 2016 he made waves in the BJJ community when he started his school, Masterskya, in an unmarked building in Brooklyn (it was so “Brooklyn” that you couldn’t even find the address without calling and asking)….

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4 Reasons You Can’t Miss our 2019 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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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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