Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners from Buffalo and beyond teamed up to host a seminar at Buffalo RiverWorks this past Saturday, with nine black belt instructors to raise funds for local native Paul Moran. At age 29 Paul was diagnosed with cancer which spread to his liver and he was left with a six figure medical bill and unable to work.
Organized by Matt Godden and sponsored by several local companies including Fight Family and Buffalo RiverWorks, nearly 100 people showed up to participate in the fundraiser.
“It was really awesome to see the jiu jitsu community come together for a good cause,” said Josh Ketry, one of the black belt instructors and one of the owners of Buffalo United Martial Arts.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – also known as the gentle art – is a martial art that promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using proper technique and leverage. It is a grappling art that specializes in taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint-locks and choke holds to defeat the other person.
“Jiu Jitsu teaches you how to think logically and how to figure out ways to overcome bad situations,” Josh said. “Paul was in a bad spot and Matt and the rest of our community used a jiu jitsu mindset to help him fight back.”