Jiu-Jitsu Benefit Seminar

“The room was filled with a lot of very tough people. We have the most generous people in the Boston BJJ Network and everyone took time out of their day to support a great cause. That just shows how selfless everyone is, and we are lucky to have each other. We all share a common bond with training together.” – Mike Pellegrino, Massachusetts Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Some of the team and I attended a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu benefit seminar for United Cerebral Palsy of MetroBoston and Climb for Cerebral Palsy this weekend. It was an awesome time, and a great way to spread our cause to amazing people. Hosted by Massachusetts Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, the event opened with a few words from Mike Pellegrino(co-owner), and a short introduction from me. The first half of the seminar was taught by Derek Stevens who trains out of Port City Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The second half of the seminar was taught by Jimmy Quinlan, who is featured in season 17 of the Ultimate Fighter on FX.

Brian was there to photograph the event (plenty of pictures of my performance are on Facebook), while Jared and I learned some new moves. Both of the instructors were excellent and everyone there came away with new skills.

Overall, our seminar was a success raising $1,005 for United Cerebral Palsy of MetroBoston. Mike Pellegrino, a big supporter of ours, runs the Mass BJJ gym, which is also one of our fantastic sponsors.

“We have the same warrior spirit in life to never settle for what we’ve been given and to always strive to improve. Each of us is lucky to be able train as we want. Jiu-jitsu teaches us to never give up no matter what the situation is. If we are in an arm lock, we try and work our way out. If we are on bottom in the mount, we work our way out. Phil was born with limitations, but hasn’t let that stop him in anything he does. He has continued to work his way out of those challenging spots and now he has his eyes set on a larger goal that not many in his place have attempted with climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro unassisted.” – Mike Pellegrino

Massachusetts Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Benefit Seminar – Feb 2nd

Our friends at Massachusetts Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are holding an awesome Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Benefit Seminar for the climb on February 2nd at 11:00am.

$20.00 to attend and all proceeds go to United Cerebral Palsy of MetroBoston. The seminar is for all skill levels and a great opportunity for anyone interested in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu — learn some techniques from experienced masters.

This is a great way to support our cause and learn some sweet martial arts! If you’re interested, join the Facebook event or stop by on the 2nd.

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REEL ROCK Tour Event – 11/09/2012

Join us on November 9th as we host the REEL ROCK Film Tour! REEL ROCK is an exciting cinematic event where climbers and outdoor lovers come together to celebrate ultimate adventure filmmaking. The films this year include acclaimed climbers Chris Sharma, Conrad Anker, and Alex Honnold pushing their limits as they attempt to define the future of climbing.

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The film starts at 7:30pm, but we will open the doors at 6:30pm so everyone can take some time to visit our sponsor tables. Sponsor tables include Flatbread Pizza, Taza Chocolate, Rockspot Climbing Gym, MassBJJ, and ActivePepper. Because this is a fundraising event, a huge majority of the ticket proceeds (everything beyond the cost of the venue and film licensing) goes directly to UCP of MetroBoston. Don’t miss out on this exciting and fun event.


Date: 11/09/2012
Location: Center for Arts at the Armory
Door opens: 6:30pm
Film starts: 7:30pm
Price of ticket: $20.00
Amenities: A food and drink service area (beer, wine, and snacks) and restrooms will be open during the event.
Handicap accessible: Yes

Directions &  Parking:

The Center for Arts at the Armory is conveniently located at 191 Highland Avenue between Davis and Union Squares in Somerville, Massachusetts. A free 44-space parking lot is located behind the Armory. Additional overflow parking lots are available.

Arts at the Armory is approximately a 15 minute walk from Davis Square which is on the MTBA Red Line. You can also find it by using either the MBTA RT 88 or RT 90 bus that can be caught either at Lechmere (Green Line) or Davis Square (Red Line). Get off at the Highland Avenue and Lowell Street stop. You can also get there from Sullivan Square (Orange Line) by using the MBTA RT 90 bus. Get off at the Highland Avenue and Benton Road stop.

There two overflow lots available for events once the main lot reaches capacity:

  • 112 Central St, Somerville, MA 02143
  • 75 Belmont St, Somerville, MA 02143

StayClassy Awards

Phil Berenz(left) – Ryan St George(right)

Last Saturday my best friend and I attended the StayClassy Awards in San Diego. StayClassy is the largest philanthropic awards ceremony in the country, celebrating the greatest charitable achievements by non-profit organizations, socially conscious businesses, and individuals worldwide. Since I was already out West, I thought this would be a great way to network and go to California for the first time. More importantly, our friends at Project Mailbox were regional winners and nominated for the Most Influential College Student or College Organization (nationwide) award. This was a great opportunity to support their organization and the award ceremony itself was an awesome experience.

This film does a good job of depicting the essence of the award ceremony. [Warning] – Be prepared to be inspired

4th Annual CLASSY Awards – Impact Video from StayClassy on Vimeo.

After the whole experience, I think our goal is to become a regional winner for next year’s ceremony! Watch out, StayClassy.


The Color Run 5K

 A couple of weeks back, team CFCP ran the Color Run 5k. The Color Run 5k is self-titled “The Happiest 5k on the Planet”, and we can confirm it was an event with a ton of positive energy. The Color Run is a 5k inspired by the Hindu tradition of Holi, also known as the festival of colors. As you run, different color stations have volunteers throw colored corn starch at you. By the end of the race we were covered in lots of colored powder. In addition to a lot of fun, it was a good event to test our cardio and help us train for the climb. We had a great time and recommend this event to others.

World Cerebral Palsy Day 9/4/2012

Phillip Berenz will join Micky Ward and his god-nephew Ray Greenhalge at Saltonstall Park in Watertown to celebrate World Cerebral Palsy Day on September 4th. This will be the beginning of World Cerebral Palsy Month. During this month, the team (along with friend and colleague Denise Treacy) will tackle the World Cerebral Palsy Challenge. Phillip is honored to celebrate such a great day with such inspirational individuals.

Happy Earth Day!