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Self-defense class offered for veterans

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For some veterans, life outside the military can be difficult. Negative interactions during their time of service can lead to serious health concerns and post-traumatic stress disorder.

One man found a way to tackle PTSD through jiu-jitsu and wants to help others do the same.

“This is something that is sweeping the country. This class is for men and women, all veterans, it’s for everyone. One of my students is a veteran and he brought it to my attention,” said Suzanne Ramsden, the owner, and instructor of Maverick Training Center in Huntsville.

Sean Moore is a student at Maverick. He’s a veteran, who was a sergeant in the U.S. Army, and is now medically retired. Sean has been taking jiu-jitsu for years and also advocates for veterans. He received a traumatic brain injury during his time in the military and now suffers from PTSD.

“The biggest problems I’ve had are isolation. You find yourself cutting yourself off from the community,” said Moore.

The martial arts program helps him find a way out.

“Jiu-Jitsu has kept me active and involved, and I’m hoping, providing an outlet like that, can do the same for other veterans,” explained Moore.

According to a Department of Veterans Affairs 2013 report, more than half of the millions of veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars struggle with physical and mental health problems stemming from their service. 22 veterans kill themselves every day.

“My goal is to make that number 1 less at least. If I can affect one person’s life, then it’s all worth it,” said Moore.

Sean is doing just that.

“When you’re here and you’re sweating and all you’re thinking about is how you’re going to win. You’re not thinking about what I was doing when I was in Iraq years ago, you’re not thinking about any of that. You’re just thinking about the next 10 seconds. And keeping you here and focused in the now and helping you grow from there. Through Jiu-Jitsu, I can help defeat post-traumatic stress.”

The free classes are offered at the Maverick Training Center, Saturdays at 9:30 in the morning. You can find out more about those classes by visiting their Maverick Training Center Facebook PageVeterans Jiu-Jitsu  Facebook Page and Maverick Training

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