Recently, Everyday Porrada held a contest in which participants from Brazil told their “#everydayporrada” stories for a chance to win an all-expense-paid trip to IBJJF Worlds to compete. However, there could only be one winner, but there were multiple inspirational stories, so Everyday Porrada has decided to give three other contestants a chance to win a trip there.
The organization has set up a GoFundMe to raise money to send another three competitors to the prestigious competition, and they need help to reach their $6,000 goal. First, potential donors can learn more about the contestants from posts, which Everyday Porrada has summarized in the GoFundMe description:
“Hello, my name is Pablo and I began training at the age of 12 as a way of socializing since I was very shy and quiet. I suffered a lot of trauma as a child that persists into now since my parents were not a part of my life. My mom abandoned my father and I when I was only 6 years old. Although my father was supposed to take care of me, he never claimed me as his son on paper and was always in and out of jail, so I was left to live with my grandma. My father escaped from prison and died not too long after. After my father died, I felt very alone. My only other family was my step-brother and my grandma. Unfortunately, my step-brother was physically abusive and left me with a lot of trauma. At the age of 11, I was able to finally contact my mother only to discover that she was in jail for drug trafficking. During this time, I started to question my purpose in life. Was I supposed to turn out like my parents? At the age of 12, I found Jiu-jitsu through a community project. Unfortunately, this project is no longer around due to lack of funding, but I continued to pursue Jiu-Jitsu. At the age of 15, I received my green belt and I felt as if my life had purpose. After I got my green belt, I began to compete but I would always lose. After every loss, I dedicated more and more of myself to training. At the age of 16, I realized that Jiu-Jitsu was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I told my grandma that I wanted to move to Rio to further my training. She gave me her blessing to go and pursue my dreams in Rio. This was the hardest time of my life as I was 17 years old and didn’t have money to eat. Even though I didn’t have food to eat, training was my priority. I never gave up. I began to sell candy on the main intersections and I would work as a waiter to have enough money to live. I treat BJJ as if it is my job. I train every day for 6 to 8 hours. According to IBJJF I am ranked 7th in the world and 3rd in Brazil. I do everything that I can to survive, I’ve been on my own and away from home for three years now, I work as staff for some competitions and compete in those with cash prizes chasing my dreams of being a Champion of Life and this Sport!”
“In the video, Relter says he is everyday porrada on and off the mats. Relter’s dream is to be a world champion living in California. Relter trains and then sells his handmade keychains on intersections. He says that he will do anything to make his dreams come true. In 2018, Relter was featured on the news because he would ride his bike 20 miles each way to train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.”
“In the video, Bruno says that he currently trains at Alliance in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Bruno trains every day. On the weekends, when people have fun and relax, Bruno works as a birthday party host to make money to be able to train and live. He recently won the Campeonato Brasileiro de Jiu-Jitsu 2019.”
Learn more about the cause and contribute to the fundraiser here.