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Apr
22
#RefugeeJitsu 658 visits Renzo Gracie Charlotte!

#RefugeeJitsu 658 visits Renzo Gracie Charlotte!

Hey Dojo readers, Last night we took the kids from our #RefugeeJitsu program at Project 658 to my home academy Leadership Martial Arts/Renzo Gracie Charlotte for their first ever class inside an actual BJJ academy. It was so much fun! Our students from Ivory Coast and Ethiopia were not able to make it, unfortunately. But the […]

Mar
16
My interview with BJJLegends.com on #RefugeeJitsu!

My interview with BJJLegends.com on #RefugeeJitsu!

Hi Dojo readers, Check out this interview I did for BJJLegends.com about our #RefugeeJitsu program here in Charlotte! Project 658 Presents: Refugee BJJ Written by  Monta Wiley Brazilian Jiu-jitsu community outreach attempts to bring value and dignity to the children of international refugees. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina Project 658 is an organization that works […]

Feb
8
New Refugee-Jitsu project: The Panther Gi

New Refugee-Jitsu project: The Panther Gi

Hey Dojo readers, So it’s been a while since I’ve been able to post much here on the Dojo blog, because it’s been a crazy busy new year! We had our first Refugee-Jitsu class last week at Project 658 and it was AWESOME! I seriously love these kids from all over the world who God […]

Dec
14
Refugee-Jitsu! *UPDATE*

Refugee-Jitsu! *UPDATE*

*UPDATE*  We have received the initial funding for the mats and equipment!! THANK YOU SO MUCH, EVERYONE WHO DONATED!!  Our first class at Project 658 will be Thursday, Jan. 28th from 6-8pm! I’ve also heard from my friends www.deusfight.com that they are interested in helping provide gis for the kids! So if you’re a grappler […]

Aug
27
Freedom, water, and human dignity (my latest #ArtOfTheDojo project)

Freedom, water, and human dignity (my latest #ArtOfTheDojo project)

Hey Dojo readers, Tomorrow is a BIG day! After a 5 year absence from the sport, my friend Justin “The Big Pygmy” Wren will be returning to MMA competition in the Bellator cage! You may remember Justin from previous posts here in the Dojo… http://jmsmith.org/blog/prayer-with-a-viking/ http://jmsmith.org/blog/fftf/     Justin’s story has caught hold within the […]

May
18
A FIGHT that actually matters!

A FIGHT that actually matters!

Hi Dojo readers, I wanted to let you know about an AMAZING story involving my friend, and former UFC Heavyweight fighter, Justin “The Viking” Wren. You may remember Justin from season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter. At the time of the above photo, Justin was a drug addicted alcoholic with no sense of direction or […]

Jun
25

Check out this 2-part World Radio feature on my art and ministry!

Hi Dojo readers, Last week I did an interview for World Radio’s program “The World and Everything in It” for their series on visual artists in the church. Christina Darnell spent the afternoon talking to me about my art, my martial arts involvement and how it all shapes the ministry of Disciple Dojo. It was […]

Feb
13
What the Church can learn from Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (part 2)

What the Church can learn from Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (part 2)

“…through a shared love of BJJ I’ve become genuine friends with atheists & agnostics, Muslims & Jews, Republicans & Democrats, vegans & paleo-dieters, and everything in between.”

Jan
20
What the Church can learn from Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (part 1)

What the Church can learn from Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (part 1)

“Over the next few posts I will briefly look at each of these aspects of BJJ training and reflect on what followers of Jesus–particularly those in leadership and teaching positions (i.e. clergy)–can draw from them in order to be better students of our true Sensei, Jesus Himself.”

Dec
17
Some live to fight…others fight to live!

Some live to fight…others fight to live!

I want you to take 10 minutes and watch this video (and not just because I make a cameo around the 8 min mark!). It’s my friend talking about something incredibly important that Disciple Dojo is proud to come alongside and support however possible!

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