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The Warriors Journey

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March 2, 2024 - Mesa, AZ

Tournament Information

Note to Competitors and Parents

We are thrilled to announce the upcoming Veterans Breakthrough BJJ Tournament Fundraiser is right around the corner!! We want to ensure that everyone is fully prepared and informed for this exciting event!  As you know this is our first event and we are looking forward to growing this to become better every year.  Your Feedback is greatly appreciated. 

The Veterans Breakthrough BJJ Tournament Fundraiser aims to raise awareness about the challenges Veterans face when transitioning from military service, particularly addressing the stigmas surrounding PTSD and the broader mental health crisis. Through various modalities, including BJJ, we strive to assist Veterans in rediscovering their purpose and direction in life. As an organization operated entirely by volunteers, many of whom are Veterans themselves and have overcome similar challenges, we are committed to paying it forward and supporting fellow Veterans on their journey to healing and success.


Below, you will find all the essential details for both participants and parents:


For Kids and Parents

Event Date and Time: The tournament will take place on March 2, 2024, with registration starting at 9:00 am and matches commencing at 10:00am Please note that specific start and end times for different age groups or events will be communicated closer to the date.


Location: The tournament will be held at Mesa Hangars LLC, located at 4517 E Mallory Cir, Hangar 109, Mesa, AZ 85215. Ample parking is available onsite for free.  You can mark in any parking lot or along Mallory Circle map link:

Tournament Categories: Participants will compete in various categories based on age groups, belt levels, and weight classes. 
NOTE: Genders are mixed for all Youth Divisions – This is standard practice for all our tournaments and will allow for more matches and more equitable divisions based on age/weight/belt.  


Registration Details: If you have not completed your registration for the tournament, please visit  by February 18, 2024. 


Rules and Regulations: Please familiarize yourself with the IBJJF rules and regulations, including scoring, prohibited techniques, and specific guidelines for kids' matches. 


Attire and Equipment: Participants are required to wear a BJJ gi and bring any necessary equipment, such as mouthguards. Color of Gi’s can be any color and rash guards can be worn under Gi’s.


Preparation Tips: Start preparing for the tournament by practicing specific techniques, staying hydrated, and ensuring you get enough rest leading up to the event. We want all participants to feel confident and ready to showcase their skills!


Awards and Prizes:  Medals will be given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers.  By raising funds for our organization you are eligible to earn free gear.  More information to come.  Start raising funds by setting up your donation page here:


For Parents:

Event Overview: The Veterans Breakthrough BJJ Tournament Fundraiser focus is to provide scholarships to veterans that have never trained Jiu Jitsu before all while helping them get back on track in their journey post service. 


Safety Measures: Rest assured, safety is our top priority at the tournament. Qualified referees and medical personnel will be onsite to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all participants.


Spectator Information: Parents and family are welcome to attend the tournament as spectators. Entry to the tournament is free of charge; however, we gratefully welcome and appreciate any donations towards our cause. 


Volunteer Opportunities: We encourage parents to volunteer at the tournament if possible. Tasks include setup, registration, concessions, and more. To sign up for volunteer opportunities, please


Supporting Veterans: By participating in this fundraiser, you are directly supporting veterans in need. The funds raised will be used to impact the lives of veterans through scholarships in Jiu Jitsu as well as our retreats.


Questions: Please direct all questions you have to and will do our best to respond within 48 hours.

Women’s Self Defense Seminar
5x World BJJ Champion Karen Antunes will be conducting a Self Defense Seminar for Women following the Event.  For more information please visit


We are incredibly excited about the upcoming Veterans Breakthrough BJJ Tournament Fundraiser and look forward to seeing you all there! Should you have any further questions or require assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to us 

Peer to Peer Fundraising and Reward
As part of our ongoing efforts to support our mission, we are launching a peer-to-peer donation campaign, and we would love for you to get involved. The premise is simple: by soliciting donations from your network of friends, family, and colleagues, you'll not only be contributing to a great cause but also have the chance to win some amazing prizes.

Here's how you can participate:

1. **Sign Up**: Visit to sign up for our peer-to-peer donation page. It only takes a few minutes to create your fundraising profile.

2. **Spread the Word**: Once you've signed up, you'll receive a unique link to your fundraising page. Share this link with your network through email, social media, or any other channels you prefer. Let them know why this cause is important to you and encourage them to donate.

3. **Hit Donation Tiers**: We've established different tiers of donations, and as you reach each milestone, you'll unlock rewards:

   - Bronze Tier: $250 - Receive a Veterans Breakthrough "BJJ G" Water bottle.
   - Silver Tier: $500 - Receive a free HyperFly Rash Guard
   - Gold Tier: $1,000 - Receive a Nintendo Switch

4. **Track Your Progress**: Keep track of your fundraising progress through your personalized dashboard on our donation page. Watch as your efforts make a real difference and get closer to unlocking those exciting rewards.

5. **Top Fundraiser Rewards**: At the end of the campaign, the top fundraiser will be rewarded for their outstanding efforts. For their hard work they will receive a free Heart and Soul Gi and Rash Guard on top of any other award tiers they earned.  

We believe that with your dedication and the support of your network, we can make a significant impact on our mission. Every donation, no matter how big or small, brings us one step closer to our goal.

Thank you for considering joining our peer-to-peer donation campaign. Together, we can make a difference.

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