Work On and Off the Mat - The Spirit of DeuS

  • Warrior Life Project Now Rolling

    Saturday Sep 02 2017

    15 inner city kids and teens (and growing) from Grove Park, Atlanta Georgia are now committed and training 2-3 times a week at Buckhead Jiu-Jitsu under black belts Samuel Joseph and Derek Kaivani. They are seeing some real progress not just in their Jiu-Jitsu and health, but in life too. Grades going up, more focus and more confidence, deeper relationships, and they just plain love...

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  • True Boundaries and Deus Fight team up

    Sunday Apr 02 2017

    Motivational speaker, expert in personal protection, World Champion, Pan American & National Champion in Jiu Jitsu, former pro-surfer, television personality, and friend of Deus Fight, Danielle Martin has become known for her unique and impressive combination of traits and talents that make her an authoritative voice representing the interests of women, men, and children of all ages. As Founder and...

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  • Adaptive Warriors take center stage at Grappler's Heart

    Wednesday Jan 11 2017

    Many people say that jiujitsu is for everyone, but in reality it is not. We do not mean the physical aspects needed or even age. The key thing is the will power and the heart to stay consistent.   Last year, Deus Fight and Pasando Guardia went to sponsor and support the disabled grappler community at the Grappler's Heart competition at BTT...

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  • Rock Harbor Church Teams up with Jean Lima

    Monday Nov 21 2016

    Pastor Brian Sumner, former pro skater, went on a mission trip with a team to Costa Rica to help spread the Good News and work in the local community. Pastor Brian is an amazing person, he is a pastor at Rock Harbor Church in Huntington Beach, CA. This area is a hot bed and epicenter for skate boarding and Brazilian...

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  • Deus Fight Supports Drive In Cause

    Sunday Nov 20 2016

    The Drive-In Jiu-jitsu Social Outreach Program is in Jardim Azul, Rio de Janeiro. This is where Professor Paulo “Drive-In” Cezar teaches Jiu Jitsu to his many dedicated children who have almost nothing. It is part of a social outreach program giving athletes scholarships for attending school and maintaining good grades.  Professor Paulo Cezar AKA "Drive In"   Drive-In has been teaching children...

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  • Jiujitsu for the Blind

    Sunday Nov 13 2016

    Hamir Achacoso, known to his friends and students as the "Gentle Warrior" is the head Jiu Jitsu instructor at the New Life BJJ School in Davao, Philippines.  He is not only a brown belt under Professor Kahana Cordeiro, but black belt in Judo. Hamir is an amazing Christian who has realy dedicated his life to helping others. His love for music and storytelling...

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  • Changing Lives Through God First

    Saturday Aug 20 2016

    Renato Tavares was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1968. He started training in BJJ at the age of 6 years old. Tavares has been training for over 40 years and competing for more than 30 years. Renato is a world champion on and off the mat. Renato has been involved in the development of Jiu Jitsu, MMA, and Grappling...

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  • Mighty Oaks Warrior Program Update

    Friday Jun 24 2016

    Here's the latest news from Chad and our friends at the Mighty Oak Warrior Program. June Newsletter: God continues to do a great work through Mighty Oaks!  It is amazing to be a part of all that is happening and see firsthand the healing and hope that Christ brings to the broken.  Here are just a few of the things...

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  • A Jiu Jitsu Wedding Story

    Wednesday Jun 08 2016

    In 2009, Heather and Rocky met while he was finishing a concrete patio for her parents. They both introduced themselves, thinking nothing would come of the short introduction. Soon, however, their eyes locked, and they both knew that they felt something indescribably different than anything they had felt before inside. They had a brief, casual conversation about marital arts and...

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  • GrappleThon | Bringing Grapplers Together

    Thursday May 05 2016

    A GrappleThon is a Brazilian jiu jitsu event for charity, where the BJJ community gets together to roll for a predetermined period, fundraising for a worthy cause. If you have not attended or supported a Grapplethon you are missing out. Our good friend Montay Wiley invited and introduced Deus Fight to doing GrappleThons. He continues to do amazing work supporting...

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  • Manny Pacquiao meets up with Deus Fight

    Saturday Apr 16 2016

    Deus Fight had the opportunity to meet up with the great Manny Pacquiao while he was in Los Angeles this past weekend. Among other things he was impressed that there was a Christian Brand focused on the jiu jitsu, mixed martial arts and boxing market. He is quite the person. He understands what it means to be a spiritual warrior, not...

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  • Higher Ground doing amazing work in Tuscon, Arizona

    Tuesday Apr 12 2016

    What is Higher Ground? Deus Fight partners with Higher Ground to donate new and used Gi's. These will be used to support their Jiu Jitsu and grappling program. They serve over 300 at-risk youths in Tuscon, most of whom have experienced trauma and have lived in poverty from a very young age. Their grappling program is the most popular program...

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  • Catholic mom excels at fighting for a variety of causes, including on the mat

    Wednesday Mar 23 2016

    Melissa Veselovsky, second from left, and her daughter, Lauren, left, pose with Veselovsky’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach Paul Nava and Lauren’s teammate Aaliyah Academia during a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament Feb. 20 at Phoenix College. Their team surrounds them in the stands. (Ambria Hammel/CATHOLIC SUN)   Catholics are often known as peacemakers, but they’re also decent fighters, especially for causes that are...

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  • The Return of Grappler's Heart

    Friday Mar 11 2016

    Written by  Aaron Broverman (repost from BJJ Legends) Grappler's Heart --  a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu tournament for martial artists with disabilities is coming to California in April. Read more -> On the last weekend in April 2015 a revolution began. That's when Grappler's Heart --  North America's first Brazilian Jiu-jitsu  tournament for martial artists with disabilities -- took place at the Renzo...

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  • The YUnion - Doing God's work in Detriot

    Monday Feb 08 2016

    What is the Yunion? The Yunion (pronounced union) is a 501c3 non profit organization that serves youth and families in Metro Detroit. Their mission is to counter negative cultural influences that misdirect the lives of youth by raising awareness and strengthening families through innovative prevention programming, education, parental engagement, mentoring and counseling. They are doing some amazing work in Detriot. Today...

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  • Refugee-Jitsu

    Sunday Jan 03 2016

    Disciple Dojo – Deus is partnering with JM Smith and wanted to share about his next major project and invite people to get on board to see it flourish… Last Thursday, JM had the joy of leading a basic self-defense seminar for kids at Project 658 near uptown Charlotte. Project 658 is an organization that works with the international refugee...

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  • Adaptive Warrior and Friend of Deus Ian Matuszak joins Chris Weidman in UFC 194 Walkout

    Saturday Dec 12 2015

    Ian is a true hero in every sense of the word. He was born with cerebral palsy and more recently diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He has been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Matt Serra, and Renzo Gracie. Chris Weidman and others have been actively involved in supporting Ian. Many were in attendance when he received his Blue Belt recently. Ian is a warrior...

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  • Deus and HHCF to partner on new Gi

    Saturday Oct 24 2015

      Mission Statement: We teach a blend of chess, performing arts and Brazilian jiu-jitsu to build the cognitive, creative and fitness levels of children across the world.  Vision Statement: Fusing logic and the arts to unite minds and hearts. In 5 years, we hope to expand and open HHCF Community Education Centers in the top 10 American cities where violence and high school drop out rates...

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  • BJJ Bridges the Age Gap

    Thursday Sep 24 2015

    By Marlon Ransom BJJ is the one sport one regularly sees people of vast age ranges on the mats actively engaged with one another. Many other competitive sports have an unwritten rule around age; when it's best to start the sport and when it's best for someone to walk away. In BJJ the rules are not so definite. All photos...

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  • Terere's Padawan: the Rise of a BJJ Prodigy

    Thursday Sep 24 2015

    Special feature written by Terere's student Andrew Morris, aka Moz, who spent a year training in the mecca of Jiu Jitsu living it up favela style in the Cantagalo community alongside his hero, Fernando Terere.    After spending an entire year training at Terere's Academy in Ipanema, Rio, I felt very much part of the family. It had been a...

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  • Terrorist Attack on Train Spoiled by Jiu Jitsu

    Tuesday Sep 01 2015

    Amazing Actions Taken by Three AmericansCourtesy of Gracie Insider Three friends from the United States traveled in Europe as vacationers. Now, the world knows them as heroes. Three days ago, Anthony Sadler, Spencer Stone and Alek Skarlatos were aboard a high-speed train en route to Paris from Amsterdam on Friday when a gunman opened fire. Along with two others, they...

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  • Deus Partners with Disciple Dojo

    Sunday Aug 23 2015

    JM Smith of Disciple Dojo (#ArtOfTheDojo) and Deus Fight have been working together on a recent project. JM Smith is an artist, minister, and BJJ purple belt (Renzo Gracie Charlotte). Disciple Dojo is his teaching, equipping, and artistic ministry. JM’s artwork focuses primarily on the martial arts, and specifically on the grappling arts. In addition to doing original collectors art cards...

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  • Rebuilding a life with Jiu Jitsu as the foundation

    Thursday Jun 11 2015

    Rebuilding a life with Jiu Jitsu as the foundation By TIM PRESTON The Independent | Posted: Sunday, May 10, 2015 7:00 am Jiu Jitsu Shannon Kitchen, who remains legally blind and partially paralyzed as the result of a 2003 auto accident when he was 13 years old, practices techniques of Gracie Jiu Jitsu with instructor Phil Clark. Tim Preston /...

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  • Deus Represents at Grapplers Heart

    Thursday Apr 30 2015

    Deus had the opportunity to participate in an amazing tournament, Grappler's Heart.  Grappler’s Heart is the first tournament designed to provide grapplers with disabilities the opportunity to enter or return to physical competition after injury. It's an amazing tournament and inspiring tournament. They had a full house of both disabled participants, as well as, their guests. The crowd got into each...

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  • DeuS Partners with Pasando Guardia

    Thursday Mar 19 2015

    DeuS Fight is pleased to announce that it is partnering with Pasando Guardia to sponsor the next ESL, Elite Submission League, competition happening this March 27th and 28th. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu continues to grow as both a martial art and as a sport in Mexico. With a shortage of instruction and lack of Gi's, the growth is not without it's challenges. DeuS...

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  • Paul Williams and DeuS to Collaborate

    Saturday Mar 07 2015

    Paul Williams a former Olympic medalist and professional boxer was on his way to becoming one of the great boxers of our time. But that came to an abrupt end in May of 2012 when he suffered a spinal cord injury after getting in a motorcycle accident. Little did Paul know at the time that this would impact his life...

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  • DeuS Fight Partners with the Mighty Oaks Warrior Program and

    Wednesday Feb 25 2015

    DeuS Fight is honored to announce that they be working with such an amazing Christian organization that does incredible work for US military service men and women, as well as, their families. The DeuS Fight - MOWP partnership is one where DeuS will be designing products to help both raise funds and drive awareness to what Chad and his team...

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  • DeuS Fight Partners with Susan G. Komen

    Monday Feb 02 2015

    DeuS Fight just finished working at Tap Cancer Out's latest event and has decided to continue their Fight against Cancer. DeuS recently announced a partnership with Susan G. Komen. This partnership is for 2015. The partnership includes developing marketing strategies to help raise awareness and funds in the BJJ, wrestling, and Yoga communities. These are areas where Susan G. Komen...

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  • #SaveWrestling - The problem is not should we, it's how do we...

    Saturday Jan 24 2015

    It's another year of high school wrestling coming to a close. CIF is right around the corner and wrestlers are getting excited about having their weekends back. While there has always been an elite set of folks willing to take on this great challenge, the number of high school students who actually wrestle is at an all time low. It...

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  • DeuS Fight Sponsors wrestling tournament at Tustin High School

    Monday Jan 12 2015

    -DeuS Fight Sponsors wrestling tournament at Tustin High School- DeuS had the opportunity to participate and sponsor a 2 day event this past weekend at Tustin High School, in Tustin, CA. It was a special event because the wrestling coach for Palisades Charter High School recently lost his battle with cancer. Channel 2, 5 and 11 were all there on...

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  • Overcoming the Odds and Inspiring Others Through Jiu Jitsu

    Wednesday Dec 31 2014

    Brian Freeman was frustrated and depressed about what he had accomplished. While he was happy that he had the opportunity to serve his country in the Navy, he was not happy with where he was and what he had done to make a difference in the world. One day, he dropped to his knees and prayed to God for the opportunity to make a...

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  • Budo Releases Part 2 of Terere Rolled Up Episode

    Wednesday Dec 31 2014

    The Budo team releases the second half of their Terere video this morning. About Rolled Up: Rolled Up is on YouTube and can best be described as where BJJ meets the travel channel. There you can follow Budo Jake as he travels the world and learns and trains with some of the best Jiu Jitsu playes on the planet. Great interviews,...

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  • DeuS Fight collaborates with BudoVideos on Terere Episode of Rolled Up

    Friday Dec 26 2014

    Last month the Budo team went down to Brazil to film their 43 episode of Rolled Up. DeuS Fight had the unique opportunity to work with them. You can check out their video here or on youtube. About Rolled Up: Rolled Up is on YouTube and can best be described as where BJJ meets the travel channel. There you can follow...

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  • The Makings of a Legend- An Interview with Kris Shaw, Founder and Editor of BJJ Legends Magazine

    Monday Dec 15 2014

    The DeuS Fight team had an opportunity to turn the tables on Kris Shaw, the founder and editor of BJJ Legends magazine and actually interview her for once. We were introduced through our good friend Elena Stowell who is doing some amazing work through her foundation, the Carly Stowell Foundation, and Jammin BJJ. Kris was insightful and witty during our...

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  • Deus Partners to Provide Product Giveaway For Holy Yoga Retreat

    Monday Dec 08 2014

    Last month Deus Fight had the privilege of partnering with the Holy Yoga team. We provided a wide range of products for their retreat giveaway. It was an opportunity for them to not only learn about our mission, but also enjoy some great Christian yoga product. The retreat was a huge success and although our contributions were only in product,...

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  • Budo Jake does seminar with Deus Team

    Sunday Nov 30 2014

    Budo Jake from Budovideos did the seminar with the Deus Fight team this weekend to raise awareness and money for the Favela Kids Project. The Favela Kids Project works is a program that uses jiujitsu as a way to work with children in the favelas of Brazil giving them purpose and a safe place they can call home. The program...

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  • Brazilian black belt teaches how Jiu-Jitsu helps you to overcome hardship and disability

    Tuesday Nov 18 2014

    Jean Carlos Freitas is a Black Belt 2nd degree professor who came from a difficulty reality of poverty in Brazil, and which started to train BJJ at a social project in Rio because he didn’t have money to pay to take Jiu-Jitsu lessons or even to buy a Gi. Today, Jean is a respected coach that has traveled the world...

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  • Deus Fight Works with Top Brother and Carly-Stowell Foundation to support CBPJJ

    Sunday Nov 16 2014

    In conjunction with the Carly Stowell Foundation, Deus Fight is working with Mastre Casquinha Cezar Guimaraes to support a number of athletes attending the CBPJJ. He runs Top Brother in Brazil and several affiliate non-profits in the favelas. CBPJJ was founded on 25 May 2014 in the city of Santo André, São Paulo state. The CBPJJ works with communities, associations,...

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  • Farmers Market Annual Charity Event

    Tuesday Nov 11 2014

    In cooperation with the Lighthouse Church of Costa Mesa, members of the DeuS Fight team spent most of Saturday at the Farmers Market in Garden Grove. The Church of the Nazarene in Garden Grove hosts an event twice per month feeding and ministering to the local community. This past Saturday was their annual event. We had a showing of over...

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  • Donate a Jiu-Jitsu gi and help change children’s lives in Rio

    Tuesday Oct 28 2014

    Teachers at Brazil 021, a GMA academy, André “Negão” Terêncio and Hannette Staack put together a mini documentary on the team’s endeavors to help needy neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro. “We present our schools in two communities in the Tijuca part of Rio. It’s a project we’re doing with the help of some unofficial partners and students who pay a...

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  • Projeto Cantagalo

    Tuesday Oct 28 2014

    I challenge you to be selfless On every Jiu Jitsu forum I’ve been on, once every other month (or so) a thread pops up with “how many gis do you have?” People (myself, unfortunately, included) boast about having 8, 10, and 12 gis. Twelve gis? Really? I train hours and hours a week, but let’s be honest. I probably don’t...

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  • Lighthouse Church

    Tuesday Oct 21 2014

    DeuS is working with the Lighthouse Church of Costa Mesa. They are doing some incredible work with the local community of Costa Mesa. They exemplify a church that lives out their Faith. In the mid 1940′s a group of devout ladies began meeting at their homes for Bible Study. From that group came the Costa Mesa Church of the Nazarene....

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  • Visiting Drive In’s, where kids who attend school, train for free.

    Monday Oct 20 2014

    Dennis (the instructor from Gordo’s), had arranged for me to visit “Drive-In Jiu Jitsu”. The instructors nickname is Drive In, because he used to work in a drive-in. A few of the other guys from the house was convinced to join in on the trip. It took about a good hour to get there in a super crammed bus...

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  • Long awaited DeuS Launch

    Wednesday Oct 15 2014

    The DeuS brand targets the active person who embodies living out one's faith through works not just words. Watch our DeuS Video, created in partnership with Budo Videos.    

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  • Drug Lords and Young Soldiers

    Monday Oct 13 2014

    by Sam Logan Rio de Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro is not a city at war. The UN does not consider it a focal point of armed violence. Yet for its underserved youth, it most certainly is. Between December of 1987 and November 2001, violent death claimed 3,937 Cariocas, or local residents, under 18 years of age....

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  • Developing Minds Foundation in Rio de Janeiro

    Friday Oct 10 2014

    The Developing Minds Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that builds schools and sponsors education programs in favelas in Rio de Janeiro, as well as in other areas of Latin America. With our education-based projects, we offer our students a chance to learn and grow, and in this manner, we aspire to create a pivotal experience as...

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  • Tap Out Cancer - Grappling for a Cause

    Sunday Oct 05 2014

        How did Tap Out Cancer start? I got my wakeup call on September 17th, 2010. I was sitting at the Classy Awards in San Diego, CA, as a corporate sponsor, hearing the stories of individual sacrifice for a greater good in this world. Representatives from nonprofits around the country filled the auditorium. There were hundreds of people who...

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  • Stand up work at Nova Uniao and Tropa Thai Social Program

    Saturday Oct 04 2014

    This blog is written by Torryn Heffelfinger.    After Muay Thai training at Nova Uniao This past week had its ups and downs. At the start of the week brought the usual great training, then I had a few days of being sick and then rounded the week...

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