White to purple belts, compete in Arizona and raise awareness for neurofibromatosis

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On Jan. 10, the Nava family of Nava BJJ welcome you to compete in the second edition of the D.A.N. tournament to help bring awareness to neurofibromatosis type 2.

The rare disease occurs in 1 out of every 25,000 births yet Leslie Nava and both children live with it. They have multiple tumors located in their brain and spine as well as on the hearing nerves that often result in deafness.

Husband, father and head instructor Paul Nava says, “My goals is to bring a broader awareness so that people will feel the desperate need to help support finding a cure for those that have and continue to live with the results of such a disease. This tournament is a great opportunity for our Jiu-Jitsu family, and community to come together for this cause.”

This tournament is open to all white, blue and purple belts with one age division for all older than 16. Weigh-ins will be held the day before at Nava BJJ on Jan. 9 from 5 – 8 p.m. but you can also weigh in on the day of the tournament.

All competitors will receive a D.A.N. t-shirt and receive medals for first, second and third as well as a team trophy.

The fee is $50 per competitor and $10 per spectator. To learn more, go to www.navabjj.com or call 480-491-5440.

The tournament will be located at Nava BJJ, 1660 S Alma School Rd Suite 118, Mesa, Arizona 85210.

You can make donations at the website, too.

Check out a highlight of the first edition last year:

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