MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Despite the fierceness and size of some of the athletes at Serra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Myrtle Beach, what these fighters are doing shows off a bit of their soft side. Their charity seminar, a course which would typically would cost 50 to 60 dollars a head, costs just one children's toy.
Head coach Frank Schauer will be delivering these holiday gifts to MUSC children's hospital in Charleston. The kids get to train alongside the adults and some the Grand Strand's toughest fighters. The reason the martial arts gym is giving back to the medical center is because one of its youngest students, Liam, was sent to the medical center for chest pains and other medical issues.
There's a bond and respect between all jiu jitsu athletes, respect, especially between mentor and student. Coach Schauer says the goal of jiu jitsu is to strengthen each other rather than harm. He has done charity events in the past, but when he heard about Liam, he was inspired to help the fight at MUSC. Luckily, Liam is back training on the jiu jitsu matt. And today even Santa is there.