BJ Penn Invites 300 Martial Arts Teachers to Join Him for a Year of Intensive Training


World Champion mixed martial arts fighter BJ Penn has been fighting on the mat, in the ring, and in the “cage” for more than a decade; now the popular Hawaiian-born fighter has decided to take on the world, the martial arts world that is. Penn has announced the launch of a one-year martial arts teacher training program called “The Live Like a Champion Project”, set to begin January 1, 2010.

Penn, the first non-Brazilian to ever win the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships, a former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight World Champion, and the current UFC Lightweight Champion of the World, will lead 300 hand-picked martial arts teachers, of all styles and from around the world, through an experiential training program that will include martial arts and fitness training, meditation, philosophy, a strict dietary regime, anger management classes, and extensive community involvement. Penn’s goal is to improve the way martial arts instructors learn and practice their craft.

“Fighting is just one part of the martial arts,” says Penn. “Half of The Live Like a Champion Project is about expanding the public’s awareness of what martial arts are about, beyond fighting and self-defense; the other half to expand the kind of education available to people who love teaching martial arts.” Participants will diary in on-line written journals and via video a year of their life as they work with Penn and a team of experts to upgrade their knowledge and live in a way that sets an example for their students –and the international martial arts community.

“The ring is small and the world is big,” says Penn, “knowing how to fight like a champion has its value, but living like a champion is the ultimate aim of the training; and to teach it you have to live it first.”

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