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    That's awesome.

    The MA community as a whole should take note.

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    Just when I thought sambosteve couldn't get any cooler, he kicks it up to a whole new level. Awesome.
    Quote Originally Posted by Emevas View Post
    Downstreet on the flip-flop, timepants.

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    Man, **** like this is why Steve is the man.
    Quote Originally Posted by Phrost View Post
    Yeah, you're probably right.

    But still, something about having a black guy or a lesbian jump out from behind a garbage can yelling "SURPRISE GONG SAU" at any of your big-named RBSD kooks makes me giggle like a little girl.
    Quote Originally Posted by Phrost
    There are two kinds of members on MAP:

    1. LARPers/Partial Artists
    2. People who haven't heard about Bullshido.
    The Mighty McClaw to Fox when refusing to fight AnnaT.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheMightyMcClaw
    Don't fight girls? When are you living, the 1850's? I suppose you think they shouldn't work or vote either.
    Get with the times and punch a chick.
    Wingchundo's response after I called him a "*****"

    Quote Originally Posted by wingchundo View Post
    Hey, I resemble that remark!

    Ok, time for a snappy comeback.... uh...

    OK. Here goes.

    You are what you eat!

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    That is a stand up thing to do Steve.

    To build off this theme, my gym is a not-for-profit venture, as I have a dayjob, so to speak.

    We have never turned folks away if they are having financial issues,we can always work something out. Another good guy on the mat is more important than a couple of bucks.

    In addition we offer several scholarships for high school aged young adults. The scholarships include equipment, dues, and national membership.

    I am happy to be included in a group who sees this type of thing as not only the right thing to do, but also as the norm.


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    www.seattle-jujutsu.org

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    Steve, you are a fantastic human being.

    That being said, is the six months figure a continually updating thing, as in only guys who've been unemployed less than six months, or do you just mean since July 28th or there-a-bouts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hesperus
    Steve, you are a fantastic human being.

    That being said, is the six months figure a continually updating thing, as in only guys who've been unemployed less than six months, or do you just mean since July 28th or there-a-bouts?
    Unfortunately, I gotta have some sort of measure in the beginning. I would love to say "everyone who has no job, come on down". But I will be over-run I suspect. So, to qualify you must show me a letter of termination less than six months old. I also need to place some kind of cut-off for similar reasons. So once you start, you have 6 months to train free at the club. We can re-evaluate again at that point.

    Unfortunately, I have many paying students and have to give them priority and can't have the gym filling up. Also, unfortunately, this is how I make my living, So, I have to have some limits.
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    SS, as someone who was just laid off - this is fantastic! The MMA training was the first thing I had to cut and the only thing keeping me from coming down is the travel. That being said, if I am employed in the city you can be damn sure I will be coming to your school for paid training.

    Short term caring equals long term loyalty. Other schools should take note.

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    This is so fantastic Steve, I dont even know what to say.

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    I appreciate all the feedback and support guys. I do hope more club follow our lead!

    The idea is taking hold. ADCC news just posted our info on their site and Grappling Magazine contacted me and are going to run something on it as well...

    http://adcombat.com/Article.asp?Article_ID=17458

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    Glad to announce that Gracie Barra Clearwater has initiated a Tough Times Program!

    Gracie Barra Clearwater wants to help those who have been hit hardest by the collapsing economy. If you have recently lost your job, you are welcome to train for free by joining our Tough Times Training program.

    Enrollment in the program allows you to train at the 7:30PM classes on Tuesday and Thursday nights and the 12 noon class on Saturday at no cost.

    To qualify, you must show that you were laid off within the last 6 months. You can stay enrolled in the free program for 6 months from the date you sign up or until you secure another job (whichever comes first).

    If you are interested in joining, please call us at 727-204-9731.

    We're hoping the economy recovers quickly, but you don't have to wait till then to train!

    Credit and thanks goes to Stephen Koepfer of the American Sambo Association and New York Combat Sambo for the Tough Times Training concept.

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