13-Year-Old BJJ Student & Four Family Members Killed In Tragic Car Accident While On Vacation

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Photo Source: Open Form Jiu-Jitsu
On January 2 of this year, tragedy struck a family from Cannes, France when 13-year-old Mathéo Kornatowski, his older brother, his sister-in-law, and his niece and nephew (aged seven and two years old, respectively) were killed in a car crash while they were vacationing in Italy.
Photo Source: Open Form Jiu-Jitsu


The accident occurred when a truck struck the car Mathéo and his family members were traveling in, pushing the vehicle into a fuel tanker and instantly killing everyone inside.

The lost family members are being deeply mourned by their loved ones, including the staff and students at Open Form Jiu-Jitsu, where Mathéo was a “joyful” yellow belt. The academy had this to say about the young athlete:

“Mathéo was a child full of life, passionate for the sport of Jiu Jitsu who braved all weathers to come to training on his scooter. It’s this memory of him that we will keep with us Our sincere condolences go out to his family. There aren’t words strong enough to express the pain that his parents must feel at the loss of their child, in this case of their two children.”

In addition to suddenly losing two sons, two grandchildren, and a daughter-in-law, Mathéo’s parents and other family members are now faced with the daunting and heartbreaking task of organizing and paying for five funerals. The Open Form BJJ team is hoping that the jiu-jitsu community can do what we do best and come together to help this family in their time of need. 
Photo Source: Open Form Jiu-Jitsu


A crowdfunding page has been established to help pay for funeral costs, and there is no amount too small to help Mathéo’s family cover funeral expenses. Those who can only afford to give emotional support or condolences are encouraged to do so in any language on the Open Form post that announced the news.

C’est avec une grande tristesse que nous avons appris le décès de Mathéo Kornatowski dans un accident de voiture en…

Posted by Open Form on Saturday, January 6, 2018


In losing Mathéo, the jiu-jitsu community has lost a bright young star. Anything we can do to help his family through this unimaginable tragedy would be of tremendous value.

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