Thanks to all the generous contributions made by you the fans during the Ronda Rousey charity auction, Armbar Nation was able to send six students and one teacher from the Gompers Middle School Judo program to the AAU Judo Nationals in Kansas City, MO.
The students arrived on Friday, September 27th along side their team coach Mr. Jose Gonzales and World Judo Champion Dr. AnnMaria De Mars, who is also Ronda’s mom. Ronda and Dr. AnnMaria began the Gompers Middle School Judo program four years ago to give the students in South Central LA an environment for self-development that would not be available to these kids otherwise. They continue to take time out of their busy schedules to help enrich the lives of the students through their teachings inside and outside of the gym.
During their downtime at the AAU Judo Nationals, Dr. AnnMaria took the students to the Historic District at 18th & Vine to learn about the local history of the area during their trip. The students at Gompers Middle School are motivated young athletes, but they are also dedicated to their studies. In order to qualify for this trip, the students were required to have a perfect attendance record and a high grade point average.
— DrAnnMaria (@DrAnnMaria) September 27, 2013
For everyone who attended the Dr. AnnMaria De Mars mat-work clinic, we at Armbar Nation would like to say thank you for your support and it was a pleasure meeting all of you. We hope you enjoyed the free Armbar Nation Apparel, and judging by the smiles on everyone’s faces we are pretty sure you did! Next time you wear them, feel free to take a picture and send them to us via twitter or email us at TeamRousey@armbarnation.com. We would love to see you wearing them and showing your support for Armbar Nation!
We would also like to extend a special thank you to the Kansas City North Community Centre and our hosts who helped make this event possible and allowed for the competition to be a success.