Changing Lives Through God First
Posted: 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 across the globe. He has an established set of Academies across the United States and elsewhere around the world. And like many others who are champions on the mat, Renato understands that their are higher and more important things at work, like his faith in God. After opening up an academy in Honduras he began to see the needs of the local people. He realized that jiu jitsu was doing more in this community than just teaching self defense, it was bringing people together, giving them hope, and building leaders in the community.
A number of leaders in the community started a program called SOUL-diers which Renato is a big supporter of. He is in the process of raising money for them. Proceeds from the sales of his God First patch and other products go directly into supporting them. Deus Fight will be selling their patches on our website soon and also be developing some Gi's and other products to support their collective cause, as well.
Here's a little about SOUL-diers: We are a family of VISIONARIES. We imagine a Honduras whose youth are educated in MIND, BODY, & SOUL. We imagine today’s youth as successful LEADERS that represent positive examples for Honduras. We envision ENTREPRENEURS who are prepared to think critically and are MOTIVATED to create innovative solutions to our biggest challenges. And we are honored to be recognized as an organization of high social impact in Honduras, working to form leaders and create positive change within our communities. Vamos SOUL-DIERS!!
New classroom built for orphan's in Moneterry:
Members of the fight team:
Renato Taveras Highlights from the Pan Ams in 2014: