Brazilian Jiu Jitsu isn't just an art. It's a lifestyle. After you've been training BJJ (or grappling or even MMA) you start forming bonds with the people you train with. There's no bullshit, just love. An honest kind of love that comes from sharing the journey on the mats.
I recently found out that two of my mat-brothers at Fighting Fit Manchester whom I have much love and respect for are having one of the hardest fights of their lives. Brothers Andy and Stuart Lorne are both scheduled for MMA fights with the BCFC in March 2012, but what's unique here is that they are both dedicating their fights and all the blood, sweat and tears that goes into preparing for them, to their beloved father who is battling cancer. Stuart has taken the initiative to use these fights to generate publicity, goodwill and donations for Macmillan Cancer Support, as a thank you for all the hard work they dedicate day and night to help not just cancer patients but also their families in those difficult times.
Stuart also approached me to see if I, but more importantly the Part Time Grapplers around the world can help him in his efforts to support and reward Macmillan Cancer Support. The Lorne brothers have set up a JustGiving donation site with the modest target of £1,000 and are both working very hard to involve as many parties as possible in this noble cause.
Over here at the Part Time Grappler blog, you can follow the development of the project, the Lorne brothers training for the fights, interviews with coaches and opponents and any parties willing to support this project. Together, we can use the vehicle of the martial arts to generate a lot of good and give back.
Liam "The Part Time Grappler" Wandi
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