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The People Who Train project is a photographic series of everyday Jiu Jitsu practitioners from all walks of life.
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Jiu Jitsu practitioners are moms, teachers, firefighters, psychiatrists, real estate agents and more. But they are rarely the athletes that receive attention for the sport. The People Who Train project is an ongoing series that recognizes the everyday Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner.

Why?

I have labored away on the People Who Train series. I have invested my time and energy into it and given it everything I've got. But to finish the project, I need your help. 

By funding this campaign you will help me bring the People Who Train project to NY and other parts of America. My goal is modest, but the more I raise, the more places I can take the series.  We are all unique and I can never represent everyone, but I want to represent as many of you as I can, in all parts of the world.

What?

People who Train is a portrait series of Jiu Jitsu practitioners.; these portraits recognize everyday practitioners. Traditional Jiu Jitsu uniforms are mixed with clothing and objects from other aspects of the subjects’ lives. With the explicit inclusion of seemingly contrasting objects, this series invites the viewer to consider how society confines individuals to narrow notions of identity. The subjects’ direct gaze challenges stereotypes of martial artists.

I began the series with a self-portrait that was then followed by shoots open to anyone in the Jiu Jitsu community. The response was tremendous and I soon found myself traveling to Mexico and Europe to continue the series. Subjects were given the opportunity to submit text to accompany their portrait, thus making them an active participant in the project. I discovered people have a strong desire to share their story. The People Who Train project served as a platform for them to do so and now its time to bring it world wide. 

I want to allow as many people in the Jiu Jitsu community the opportunity to share their story and bring us together. Supporting this campaign will help me bring the project all over the world.

Chris Lucas
Chris Lucas

 

Andres Berreondo
Andres Berreondo

 

KK Condon
KK Condon

 

 About the Creator

 THANK YOU MATHEW HICKNEY FOR FEATURING ME ON THE ACADEMY. YOU'RE DOING A GREAT THING FOR OUR COMMUNITY.

Risks and challenges

The hard work is done. The gear has been purchased. All thats left is raising the funds to cover my travel. I know we can do this together!!

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    Pledge US$ 1 or more About US$ 1.00

    YO, I JUST WANNA HELP OUT

    SHOW SOME LOVE

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    ASK A BLACKBELT ANYTHING

    CONTRIBUTE $5 AND I WILL ANSWER ANY QUESTION YOU HAVE ABOUT JIU JITSU. I PROMISE THOUGHTFUL AND THOROUGH ANSWERS

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    People Who Train patch

    High quality, stitched patch designed by local LA artist, "Clown". Represent People Who Train in style!

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    People Who Train patch (2)

    TWO high quality, stitched patch designed by local artist. Wear one on each arm and show people how awesome you are!

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    One high quality print

    Participated in People Who Train? Show it off with a high quality print made entirely in house on a professional lab printer!

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    Mik and Brix Doing Things Print

    Check out the series here:

    https://yourenotspecial.exposure.co/us-mik-and-brix-doing-things

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    Private People Who Train session

    Do you live in LA? Me too! Come to my studio for a private People Who Train session. This can be shared by up to two people.

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    I don't train but love the series!

    Even if you don't train, you can help support this series. Pledge $350 and get a one hour photo session with me. Must be located in LA.

    my work:

    http://mikmilman.com/

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    BRING PEOPLE WHO TRAIN TO YOU (US)

    Pledge $1200 and I will fly anywhere in the U.S. to do a shoot at your academy!

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    BRING PEOPLE WHO TRAIN WORLDWIDE

    Pledge $2,200 and I will come to you. Anywhere in the world.

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    The entire collection of PWT to date

    13x19 signed prints of the entire PWT collection.

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Funding period

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