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Inspired Leadership

November 19, 2014

New High School Program Developed Using Jiu-Jitsu Principles

The Army and Navy Academy, Carlsbad, California hosted a Hands-On Inspired Leadership training event on November 11, 2014. All of the students, faculty and staff participated in this hands-on special event. An extraordinary team of proven leadership experts provided instruction on how Inspired Leadership, Character and Integrity, and Respect for Self and Others allow each person to dominate the contemporary problems of suicide, sexual harassment and assault, depression, and bullying. The unique, one of a kind instruction, was led by CSM Earl Rice (US Army, Retired), Ryron Gracie, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu black belt and head instructor at the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy, and LTG Mike Ferriter US Army (Retired).

This highly interactive approach pulled the students into a discussion to define a problem, the cause, symptoms associated with the problem, and then options and actions that will prevent or solve the problem.

The hands-on instruction utilizes Brazilian jiu-jitsu as a metaphor for solving the problems we see our youth confront across our nation.

As each topic was discussed, the Leadership Team followed with the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu techniques as examples of how to fight and win. One example was if a problem or situation gets the student down, or disappoints the student, the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu technique "To stand up in base" was taught. The technique teaches the student the best way to stand when in a fight. It also symbolizes the metaphor that in life, just as when in fight; when you get knocked down, you can't quit. You have to get back up, you never quit!

The Hands-On Inspired Leadership event was a long ball homerun. The combination of having LTG Mike Ferriter, Command Sergeant Major Earl Rice and Ryron Gracie, created the energy, and deep impression on the 300+ students and faculty. Ryron and CSM Earl Rice captivated the audience with stories of how men and women of character take on today's challenges of life, just how Gracie Jiu-Jitsu takes on the challenges of a fight. We could not have done it without our solid team that included assistant instructors: Jordan, Mario, Leon and Dr. Theresa Larson from San Diego Crossfit and movement-rx. Special thanks to COL Kevin Batule at Army and Navy Academy.