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Grappling event helps suicide prevention

by Dave Delgado

Guam - The 2nd Annual Journey to Worlds, Youth Activities Exhibition in conjunction with the April Joy Foundation will be holding an event at the Guam Sports Complex this Saturday. The event will be held to raise the awareness of suicide prevention here at home and get families out of the house for a fun day of activities. There will be food, music and dance demonstrations put on by the Talent Box along with a Jiu-Jitsu Seminar held by a couple of our local boys to get thing going on Saturday.

Gabe Baker told KUAM Sports, "So far, the lineups for instructors are Baby Joe Taimanglo. Justin Cruz, Luis Blanco, John Tuck, Luis Reyes and myself. We are going to go through a 45 minutes seminar each of us to teach the kids Jiu-Jitsu, gi and no-gi. We are actually coming together for the youth against suicide. MMA is a growing sport on Guam and you see how it taps into the youth and I felt that it would be nice to come together and show our love and give back to the island, and formulate a group of us to unite from different academies. Just to come out together as one and speak out to the youth."

The activities will run from 11:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m in the afternoon on Saturday with tickets being sold at B&J Video in Anigua, Big Dog's Hot Dog Stand in East Agana or can be purchased at the door. Gabe wanted to stress that this is for the youth and he wants to reach out to as many kids as possible to tell them that suicide is not an option and that there are people out there that can help you when your in need.

Baker added, "We actually have quite a few people out here, we have the National Guard going to come out and help us out. They are the ones that are providing the mats for us, so I want to thank them for that. See that's what we want to get out there, it is a Jiu-Jitsu seminar but it is also a family event. We want you to bring out your kids and get on the mat with us as well. We also have other performers that will be out here like the Talent Box with a couple of bands lined up. So it's a family event, so I don't want people to think that it is just a Jiu-Jitsu seminar or what not and that it will be boring. It is actually a family event so we want all of you to come out and have fun and speak as one and enjoy and support against suicide on Guam."

Baker and the guys helping put on the show have a lot of people to thank that helped make this event possible.

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