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Jiu-Jitsu in the park: charity, dog adoptions, catch wrestling and a day devoted to BJJ

Jiu-Jitsu in the Park in LA, on July 19
Jiu-Jitsu in the Park in LA, on July 19

summer promoIf you live in California, you know rain is a rare event.

As the State goes through its fourth year of severe drought, rainy days are so scarce that when they happen, it’s breaking news on all TV channels.

Well, Saturday, July 18, was one of those days and it rained heavily all day throughout the south land.

Things were not looking good for the Jiu-Jitsu in the Park event, scheduled Sunday, July 19, on Griffith Park, in LA.

As it seems, the weather Gods love to see people roll and Sunday woke up with sunshine through some scattered clouds.

No rain all morning and afternoon.

As incredible as it seems, the first drops started falling around 6PM, the exact time the event was wrapping up.

Jiu-Jitsu in the Park in LA
Jiu-Jitsu in the Park in LA

Jee Kim, one of the organizers, counted 250 waivers signed by people willing to roll, but she says the actual number of people rolling could have been larger.

All those people were there for two good causes: celebrate Jiu-Jitsu free of any politics and to help Karma Rescue, a non-profit organization devoted to rescue abandoned dogs and get them adopted.

Four pooches were there at the event and Kim says one person filled out a form to adopt one of the dogs.

Other than that, $800 were raised for Karma Rescue, which will help a lot with food and other needs.

On the mats, a series of exhibition matches and a demonstration catch wrestling match under the supervision of former UFC champion Josh Barnett.

After that, three hours of open mats with people rolling in gi, no-gi and everything in between.

Jiu-Jitsu in the Park in LA
Jiu-Jitsu in the Park in LA

After such a big success, Jee Kim and her colleagues are already planning a next installment.

It should take place in LA or Orange County in two months or less.

Click here to know more.

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