ACC Tampa Bay Women’s Group learns basic self-defense techniques
ACC TAMPA BAY WOMEN’S GROUP, in partnership with Robson Moura Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, participated in a complimentary seminar introducing participants to the sport of Brazilian jiu-jitsu to learn some basic self-defense techniques and to raise awareness of, and combat, domestic violence. The seminar was led by Robson “Robinho” Moura, who is currently considered among the world’s most accomplished jiu-jitsu athletes. Moura has a fifth degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and is an eight-time World Champion. Now residing and headquartered in Tampa, Moura came from Teresopolis, a small town outside Rio de Janeiro, and began competing in the sport at the young age of 13. Robson clearly explained several practical self-defense techniques, and attendees were able to practice directly with Robson and his assistant instructors, Robert Stines (also a Brazilian jiu-jitsu World Champion) and Webb Jones (brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, black belts in multiple martial arts), all of whom volunteered their time for this event. The self-defense seminar helped to raise $300 for The Spring of Tampa Bay and to collect donations for its thrift store. The Spring was founded in 1977 with a mission to prevent domestic violence, protect victims, and promote change in lives, families, and communities. It is one of Florida’s largest certified domestic violence centers, with a combined emergency shelter and transitional housing bed count of 174 beds. Since its founding, The Spring has provided a safe haven and comprehensive supportive services to more than 60,000 abused adults and their children and has answered calls, day and night, from over 150,000 women in crisis.