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On Friday, January 13th, the seven-degree coral belt, voted the best MMA Coach in the World in 2014, Nova União co-founder Andre Pederneiras will teach a fundraiser seminar at the Nova Uniao Rivals in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The event intends to support his nonprofit organization, INSTITUTO ANDRÉ PEDERNEIRAS, brought to you by the 501C3 nonprofit organization @jiujitsutribe.

He barely conducts seminars; however, this approach to sharing his knowledge and raising money to help others satisfy his desire to teach and serve the community; it's a win-win situation. In addition, he is highly involved with social causes.

One of the biggest challenges social projects face is sustainability. Most jiu-jitsu coaches do not receive financial compensation to teach in impoverished communities; they are volunteers. As a result, many programs end because the teacher needs to get another job, and they no longer have classes.

I had the opportunity to visit a few social projects, and some of them spent a few days on-site with them to experience their reality. They all save THOUSANDS of lives in those communities; the stories are so powerful of how impactful jiu-jitsu is in their lives.

Jiu-Jitsu is an incredible tool, and the teachers deserve to be compensated financially for their efforts.

How can you help? The INSTITUTO ANDRÉ PEDERNEIRAS used to offer free martial arts classes for the MORRO AZUL Community in the Flamengo neighborhood, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. However, since the pandemic, the institute has lost its sponsors, and the classes have ended.

Andre is building its sustainability by sharing his knowledge through seminars, which is a great chance to support a great cause. The money we plan to raise will help guarantee twelve months of salary for the jiu-jitsu coach. Eventually, they plan on having other martial arts with coaches receiving a paycheck.

Event Schedule

Thursday, January 12th Registration Deadline

Friday, January 13th
6:30 pm to 7:45pm - André Pederneiras Seminar
7:45 pm to 8:00pm - Break
8:00 pm to 8:20pm - Jiu-Jitsu Tribe Presentation with Gustavo Dantas.
8:30 pm - Raffle results & Closing (More info on the day of the event)

Late registration $80 at the door