WNA- P.T.S.D. vs. Jiu-Jitsu Documentary

In the last 20 years an estimated 146,000 veterans have died by suicide. That's more than all of the combat related deaths dating back to the Korean war.  P.T.S.D. is everywhere in the veteran community and suicide seems to be an unfortunate choice some of us chose to end the pain in stead of fighting on. 

My name is Nick Rahn, Founder and President of Warriors Next adventure. I have another option that myself and many other veterans discovered to fight P.T.S.D. 


Jiu-Jitsu teaches you to be in the moment. You can not think about the war, people lost or any other life's problems when you have a 200 lb guy on your back trying to choke you out. In the military we are taught that everything is life or death. When you train Jiu-Jitsu you are taught that it is ok to fail and to learn from your failures and improve. It has taught me that there is a solution to every problem and sometimes that solution is to tap and you ask your instructor for help. That is a metaphor for when life gets tough and you can't take it, you can tap and get some help. 

P.T.S.D. vs Jiu-Jitsu will be a 35-40 day tour around the country in a camper van supplied by Voyager Camper vans. I will be training and interviewing veterans with similar stories about how Jiu-Jitsu has saved their lives. Stories ranging from failed suicide attempts, military sexual trauma, severe depression and how Jiu-Jitsu gave them a way to work through life's problems on the mats. I will be training at 23 gyms around the country who will be hosting open mats during each visit to try to get the veteran community to try Jiu-Jitsu and an option.  Once the dates and gyms are solidified I will be listing them below as well as making a Facebook event for each visit. 

This documentary is a push to get veterans to give Jiu-Jitsu a chance and to inspire veterans to become the best versions of themselves. There is always a solution to every problem. 

Choose to heal, Choose to improve, Choose to be great. Jiu-Jitsu might help you find the answer to what you are looking for. 

For more information about Warriors Next Adventure, find us at www.warriorsnextadventure.com
or find us on all social media as Warriors Next Adventure.

We Defy Foundation has teamed up with us on this adventure and will be helping us promote as well as letting us train at a few We Defy gyms around the country! Warriors Next Adventure will be donating 10% of all proceeds to We Defy after expenses! Check out: 
https://www.wedefyfoundation.org/ for more info

States WNA will be visiting and training in starting with Minnesota:

April 24th- Huges grappling Academy
Kalispell, MT

April 25th- Malmstrom Air Force Base 
Great Falls, MT

April 26th- Federal Way, WA charity Event
Location TBD

April 27th- 10th planet jiu-jitsu-Portland, OR

April 28th- Saber Jiu-jitsu- Concord, CA

April 29th- Santa Maria Brazilian Jiu-jitsu 
Santa Maria, CA

April 30th- Victorum Athletics
Lancaster, CA

May 1st- san Diego 

May 2nd- Potato chip rock hike with The OATH Foundation 

May 2nd- Charity Concert - Green Flash Brewing. Band TBD

May 3rd- Dune Buggy Ride
Phoenix, AZ

May 4th- Midland BJJ-Midland, TX

May 5th- San Antonio, TX

May 6th- Twin Wolves MMA
Harker Heights, TX

May 7th- National Martial Arts
Oklahoma City, OK

May 8th- Oklahoma City Dodgers throwing the first pitch

May 9th- We Defy HQ - Shebaro Jiu-jitsu 
Dallas, TX

May 10th- Iraq/Afghanistan Veterans Organization Gun range/ bbq- Beeville, TX

May 11th- Infinity Jiu-jitsu- Columbus, GA

May 12th- Capitao BJJ- Ft. Walton Beach, FL

May 13th- Gino Collura- wna podcast about the positive effects jiu-jitsu has over PTSD Tampa Bay, FL

May 13th- Gene Gribble- wna podcast, Heroes On The Water nonprofit- Patrick AFB, FL

May 14th- Five Star BJJ- Herrelson West- Savannah, GA

May 15th- WNA Podcast-Matt WIlkinson- Martial Arts effects on mental health

May 15th – The Next Element Academy- Derrick Kennington- Myrtle Beach, SC

May 16th – CXBJJ- Enrique Watson- Camp LeJeune- NC

 May 17th – rest day, visit first ever MMA gym I attended

May 18th – TFTC BJJ- rob Austin- Big Jiu-Jitsu Show podcast- Raleigh, NC

May 19th-Moreno VRMA BJJ- Thomas Hand- New Burne, NC 

May 20th – Tidewater BJJ- Thomas Lewis- Virginia Beach, VA

May 21st Kobukan martial arts- Ron Manes- Norfolk, VA

May 22nd Warrior Martial Arts- Jeffrey Manlansan- Stafford, VA

May 23rd- Belvoir grappling- Tyler- Newington, VA

May 23rd- Arlington National Cemetery

May 24th – Renaissance festival- armor sword fighting and jousting

May 25th – The Compound, Work Play obsession- topaz- Silver Spring, MD

May 26th- TBD, Boston MA

May 27th - Philly Self Defense- Philadelphia, PA 7-9

May 27th - Charity event Cookies Tavern- Philadelphia, PA

May 29th- Rough Hands - Jesse Walker—Louisville, KY

May 30th- 22 Until Valhalla- Guff Independence KY 

May 31st - 22 Until Valhalla- Guff Hike to be released soon

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Nicholas Rahn 
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