“Memorial Day Benefit Event Supporting We Defy Foundation at Black Flag Jiu Jitsu!”

This Memorial Day, Black Flag Jiu Jitsu in Rockford, Illinois, invites you to join us for a special open mat session from 11 AM to 1 PM to support an incredible cause. We are proud to host a benefit event for the We Defy Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of veterans through Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and fitness training. With a suggested donation of $20 (though not mandatory), this event is a fantastic opportunity to train, connect with fellow BJJ enthusiasts, and give back to those who have served our country.

Supporting Veterans through Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

The We Defy Foundation has been instrumental in providing combat veterans coping with military-connected disabilities a pathway to defy their challenges through Jiu Jitsu and fitness. We at Black Flag Jiu Jitsu believe in the healing power of martial arts and are excited to support We Defy’s mission to enhance veterans’ physical and mental health. The work We Defy does is crucial in helping veterans rebuild their lives and integrate into their communities, offering them support, camaraderie, and a new challenge to overcome.

Open Mat for a Cause

Our Memorial Day event is open to everyone, regardless of your skill level or experience in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Whether you are a seasoned practitioner or someone curious about BJJ, we welcome you to join us on the mats. It’s a chance not only to improve your grappling skills but also to meet new friends and be part of a community that values strength, discipline, and resilience—all while making a meaningful contribution to a worthy cause.

Event Details

  • Where: Black Flag Jiu Jitsu, Rockford, Illinois
  • When: Memorial Day, from 11 AM to 1 PM
  • Cost: $20 suggested donation (not required)
  • Registration: You can register in advance at https://tinyurl.com/mrn79aah or just show up, and we will help you get registered.

Why Participate?

Participating in our benefit event is more than just a training session; it’s an act of solidarity and support for our veterans who have given so much. By joining us, you are helping to raise funds that enable We Defy to provide scholarships to disabled veterans, granting them access to BJJ training and a supportive community. It’s a powerful way to contribute to their journey of recovery and personal growth.

A Community United

At Black Flag Jiu Jitsu, we are more than a gym; we are a family united by our love for martial arts and our commitment to making a difference. Hosting this benefit is a reflection of our values and our community’s strength. We are thrilled to support We Defy Foundation and hope you will join us in making this event a success. Come roll with us, have fun, and help support a noble cause this Memorial Day.

We look forward to seeing you on the mats for a day of training, community, and support for our veterans. Remember, your participation makes a big difference, and together, we can help transform lives through the power of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.


Kenny Martin and myself (Aaron Lynde), as owners of Black Flag Jiu-Jitsu, we are excited to invite you to this meaningful event. Let’s make it a day to remember, filled with great training and community spirit, all in support of our heroes. See you there!


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