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.
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.
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.
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!!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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