As many of you may remember, some time ago I began working on a project collecting used training equipment for a social project in Santos, Brazil that gave the opportunity for underprivileged youth to train and focus on Jiu Jitsu in order to introduce a positive element and structure into their lives. Many of these children face extreme poverty. Now it is time for round two. During my most recent trip to Brazil I spent a fair amount of time in the Cantagalo favela, as well as the Pavao Pavaozinho favela and was introduced to the rich community of each., These places are responsible for producing such Jiu Jitsu legends and stand outs as Fernando Augusto TERERE, Jackson Souza and Alan Finfou Nasciemento. The team that I train with in Brazil, Checkmat, is responsible for an INCREDIBLE social project program, providing Jiu Jitsu and Jiu Jitsu instruction for the underprivileged that makes a tremendous difference in the lives of young ones. On top of that, they are developing incredible talent that is sure to make waves in the Jiu Jitsu world if only they had more opportunity. Words cannot express what a life or death difference this programs make, in terms of giving children a positive outlet, building them a future and most importantly, keeping them off the streets and away from the drug trade and other violent crimes. Given the amount of support Checkmat has given me as a teammate in Brazil, especially Mestre Ricardo Vieira, I feel a strong obligation to give back in some way and use some of the advantages I have been afforded in life to give back to the people and sport that have benefited my life so greatly. For the next short while, I will be collecting LIGHTLY USED Jiu Jitsu and No Gi equipment. Please consider donating anything that may have fallen out of favor, you've outgrown (or shrank out of) or no longer have a use for. Anything is appreciated and I can assure you personally will go to great use and be appreciated more than you know. I am happy to receive shipments at my home to compile donations, or accept donations at any tournament I attend (which are many, including IBJJF, US Grappling (where I often referee), etc. I realize coming out of pocket to make a donation ay be daunting to some, but please consider, the ten dollars it may cost you to mail a gi could potentially turn a lookout or a hustler into a martial artist Shipping to Brazil is very expensive. Last time it costs me approximately $500 which fortunately I was able to mostly raise by designing and printing a t-shirt with the proceeds almost covering the shipping and handling (a sincere thank you to everyone from the board who stood behind the project and ordered a t shirt from me). The rest I came out of pocket to cover. I am not sure where I will come up with the money this time, but I will keep you posted as this project progresses and I come up with some ideas. Thank you for your consideration and help.