Revgear League BJJGround BENEFIT SEMINAR In Memory of Joey Garcia 3/30 NYC

3/25/14 11:23 PM
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Hey folks!  I have a trip planned to the NE this weekend and had been scheming for a while with awesomedude Jamie Kilstein about teaching his group of students.  With the recent tragedy in the Garcia family, Jamie (a student of Marcelo's) and I felt it only proper to shift gears toward something that could honor their little one.  After clearing it with Tati, we decided on a donation in Joey's memory to March of Dimes, and organization that "funds lifesaving research and programs and works to end premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality."  (

So Black Belt World Champion/world-class instructor Emily Kwok and Brown Belt Pan Champion Dominyka Obelenyte joined us to take something good and make it great.  The four of us will teach several techniques that define each of our games, and honestly I'm pretty stoked to learn from them.  Then to take great to awesome, Koral decided to give a t-shirt to the first 30 (maybe more, need final shirt count) participants and Da Firma Kimonos will donate a gi and maybe other goodies for raffle.  

Want to donate but not in the area?

This is an open seminar.  No gender or gym reqs.  Anyone injured/on a break/etc is welcome to just come watch, we would recommend a donation.   

3/25/14 11:40 PM
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3/26/14 2:34 PM
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Awesome thing that you are doing! It's so sad what happened. :( Hillary, with your permission I'd like to post this on my FB and Instagram. I'm sure I can get some students to go.
We are a charity for people in martial arts with life threatening illnesses. We are based out of LI. If you ever want to do another be benefit seminar we would be so excited to work with you!

Kristen :)

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3/26/14 2:52 PM
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3/26/14 5:42 PM
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I hope we can set something up for next time you're up north Hillary.

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$1300 donated so far! This is incredible! Remember, the US has some of the highest rates of infant mortality and premature birth amongst developed nations. Every bit helps. Everyone's life and circumstances are different, so whether your donation be $10 or $500, we sincerely appreciate it.

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3/27/14 11:59 PM
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4200 raised so got dusty in the room when I saw that number. I'm so excited about this response, but we can always do better!
3/28/14 12:37 AM
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What a fantastic event- thanks to everyone teaching and participating- I'm sorry I won't be able to make it!
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3/31/14 5:30 PM
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I wish I had a pic to post already, but I'm so absolutely blown away by the response that we had. At the beginning of the seminar, as Marc ran warmups, I stopped counting at 50 as more folks trickled in.

Emily started the seminar with a deep half sweep to a very secure pass to mount, using her incredible teaching skills and competition anecdotes to drive the details home. I followed with a half guard pass to mount and a series of subs from the mount. Jamie, barely surviving the seminar while suffering through food poisoning (trooper!), went after me to show some basics of maintaining mount and then escaping mount. Dominyka used her ridiculously long legs to show us a mean monoplata/choke from the top of mount and a sweet omoplata from the guard. I got a surprise when 3rd degree black belt Bruno Ewald from Kauai showed up to support and jumped in to teach us some wicked old school subs from positions where your opponent is closed off.

Thank you so much to Park Slope BJJ for the location, Ronin for donations of gis, Digitsu for so many donated DVDs, and GiSoap for their goodies that were all raffled off for a little fun and extra donations!

I couldn't be happier right now, the total donation from website/seminar is in the ballpark of 8000. In the grand scheme of things, for an organization like March of Dimes, that's not a very big number, but it's what we had to give and that's all you can ever ask for. Phone Post 3.0
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