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Dan
01-17-2007, 18:58
RELEASE NUMBER: 070116-02
DATE POSTED: JANUARY 16, 2007

Special Forces Soldiers receive combat training from renowned UFC fighter
By: MAJ Kelly Crigger
1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)

FORT LEWIS, WA. (USASOC News Service, Jan. 16, 2007) – As I drove to my Thursday morning combatives session at zero-dark-thirty recently, my cell phone rang.

“Hello?”

“We ready, bra,” came a gruff Hawaiian-accented response tainted by early morning fog and a touch of jet lag.

“You don’t have to BJ,” I told him. “You gave a two-hour session to our best grapplers yesterday. This morning is just our normal workout.”

“Yeah I know. Let’s do it,” he replied, as professionally as any Officer I’d ever met.

On Pearl Harbor Day, BJ Penn, voted one of the best pound-for-pound fighters ever by Elite Fighter magazine, gave his own time and expertise to some Green Berets at Fort Lewis, Wa. simply because he wanted to contribute to the war on terror. At his own expense and with his younger brother Reagan, also a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt, in tow, BJ spent two days with the 1st Special Forces Group sharing his vast knowledge of submission grappling…twice. Displaying true character and dedication, BJ not only conducted a two-hour seminar with Soldiers from across the Group, but he also took another hour to train with members of the Headquarters the next morning. For a man who nominally garners up to $5,000 an hour for his services, this was a tremendous gift.

“My time is nothing compared to saving a life,” BJ offered. “If I can show them a skill that they use in combat or something that helps get them out of a bad situation, then I’m happy to do it.” With over five hundred documented cases of hand-to-hand combat since the war on terrorism began, it’s likely that this scenario could happen.

For his time and effort, BJ was treated to a static display of Special Forces equipment and received familiarization training on several different weapon systems. Not only did he donate his time to teach grappling skills, but he was equally as generous with his personal time, having breakfast with the troops in the Group dining facility and sharing dinner at a local restaurant with ten Soldiers, some of whom recently returned from Iraq. During his visit, BJ never hesitated to give one-on-one instruction, take a picture, shake a hand or sign an autograph.

“Actions speak louder than words,” Group Commander, COL Eric Wendt said as he presented Penn with a “Special Forces Brotherhood” certificate. “He did this out of his own pocket just to show support for us. He’s a warrior who will always be welcome in First Group.”
By the time BJ and Reagan left, the legendary northwest fog finally lifted and Mount Rainier came into view. “It’s not Hawaii, but I like the Northwest,” BJ admitted. “I could definitely come back.”

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Cincinnatus
01-17-2007, 19:09
Sneaky, Yoo-hoo Sneaky!!! I can't wait til he sees this. :cool:

Irish_Army01
01-17-2007, 19:17
I Read this on another Forum,And I'll say its Great to see Sports personalities lending there time to the military..Fair Play.(looks like the Guys had some Fun too:))

NousDefionsDoc
01-17-2007, 21:24
I Read this on another Forum,And I'll say its Great to see Sports personalities leading there time to the military..Fair Play.(looks like the Guys had some Fun too:))
+1.

I see nothing wrong with it.

Cin,
Quit trying to stir up shit.:p

Cincinnatus
01-18-2007, 13:40
Mois? :D :D :D

Warrior-Mentor
01-18-2007, 20:29
Good ju-ju!

NousDefionsDoc
01-18-2007, 20:31
Good ju-ju!
LOL

gtcrispy
01-22-2007, 23:19
That's odd. I had no idea he was even here. I believe he was also up here during Menton hanging out at the range.

Bill Harsey
01-31-2007, 10:49
cool.

incommin
01-31-2007, 11:28
Kool!

Jim

Intel_Airman
03-21-2007, 09:27
While I'm not the largest BJ Penn fan (due to some of his antics in Hawaii), I must say this was pretty awesome of him. He is known as "the prodigy" because he gained his black belt in BJJ in 3 1/2 years by training twice a day every day. For any of you guys that roll, you know that is about a quarter of the average time. He has great work ethic.

kachingchingpow
03-21-2007, 12:44
Not a big fan of people fast tracking to belts, regardless of how often they train. Unfortunately it seems lately that belts are a measurement of one's knowledge and ability, with less emphasis on dedication. There are very good reasons that the process of getting ones black belt in BJJ takes 10 years, regardless of training frequency. Enough to start another thread for sure.

spartanfed182
06-04-2007, 23:23
thats awesome...