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The mission of the 501 c3 nonprofit organization JIU-JITSU TRIBE is to provide facility makeovers for social projects across the globe.  In addition, we raise funds to support their necessary monthly expenses. This allows the tribe leaders to keep inspiring, impacting, and improving the lives of at-risk children and young adults of impoverished communities for free!

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Fundraising Project:  FROM "City of God" to the World

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Imagine that you are arriving home from work or school at night, driving or walking, when suddenly you realize that you can't go home because Drug Cartels are in a war against the police or other Drug Cartels trying to take over their business. The shooting can take a long time. Imagine how frustrating that would be?  Well, this is the reality of most of the "FAVELAS" or "SLUMS" in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and "City of God" is one of them.  Have you watched the Brazilian movie "City of God" or "Cidade de Deus"? If you haven't, we highly recommend you to watch it.  The movie was released in 2002 and received a few Academy Awards nominations. The film is raw, based on real-life events, and shows the growth of organized crime in the Cidade de Deus suburb of Rio de Janeiro between the 1960s and the 1980s.

We are sharing with you about City of God because JIU-JITSU TRIBE is supporting a social project FROM the City of God ran by Marcio de Deus, a second-degree black belt from team Infight TMD House. Marcio has been running his project for fourteen years.  They currently offer jiu-jitsu classes, English classes, tutoring, psychological support, food assistance, and career management for athletes. There are 120 Kids and young adults enrolled.  He has been living in the City of God for 32 years; he has a college degree in Theology, an Author, Event Promoter, International Referee, and a significant father figure to many underprivileged youngsters of City of God.

Besides being one of the main competition teams in Rio de Janeiro, with countless champions at international events, Marcio change lives on and off the mats.  He consistently recruits the youngsters to leave the life of crime, drugs, and domestic violence to start training jiu-jitsu to become a champion, especially off the mats. Many of them end up going to college and changing their lives. All they needed was someone to believe in them, and Marcio was and still is this guy.  Recently, Jiu Jitsu Tribe co-founder Gustavo Dantas had the opportunity to interview Marcio for the second time, and he is a very inspiring individual.  He is very proud of the hashtag #dacddpromundo, From CDD (Cidade de Deus) to the World. They are proud of the competitors who travel out of the state or internationally to go after their goals and dreams to one day become an International Champion like Gabrieli Pessanha.  Gabrieli is a multiple-time IBJJF World Champion & Abu Dhabi World Pro Champion in the lower belts. She just started her black belt journey last than two years ago and already is one of the best female competitors in the black belt division. Recently she won double gold at the 2021 IBJJF Rio Open. Her journey began on day one with Marcio de Deus. Now, she can support her family with Jiu-Jitsu, and she always gives back to the project, like the current wall mats that she donated.

Would you like to donate to TMD House's journey? JIU-JITSU TRIBE is starting a campaign with two phases.  Phase one is to raise $1,200. The money will cover a new mat cover/tarp professionally installed, bathroom improvements, one fan, a few gallons of paint, and twenty new kids' gi's.

Phase two. If we have more donations, the next goal is to raise an extra $2,200. This money would guarantee twelve months of financial support to TMD House.
There is an incredible book in Portuguese by Edu Lyra titled "DA FAVELA PARA O MUNDO", From the favela to the world. "It doesn't matter where you came from; what matters where you are going to."

Fundraising Project:  Forming Champions In Bahia, Brazil - Phase 1

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Delio Lima runs Forming Champions social project in Bahia, Brazil.  The project provides jiu jitsu training for kids in one of the roughest areas in the state.  The project is currently training on mats placed on the side of the street!  Jiu Jitsu Tribe is raising money to get the Delio and the kids the academy the deserve.  Our goal is ambitious but with the help of our generous donors we believe we can make it happen.  The overll objective of the initiative is to complete the following:

  • Purchase land for the future academy
  • Construct a reliable building to house a training room and bathrooms with showers.
  • Purchase new mats for the training room
  • 1 year Operational costs (water, electricity, etc)

Jiu Jitsu Tribe has already identified a piece of land for purchase.  The land has a run down building which we will need to remove.  The first phase of fundraising will be to purchase the land and remove the current building so that we can start new construction in phase 2.

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