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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu professors demonstrate new defense techniques to Marines.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu professors demonstrate new defense techniques to Marines.
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Iraq War Veteran And Triple Amputee Is Now A Martial Artist

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Joey Bozik is a martial artist, a loving father, Army veteran, and a triple amputee. After Bozik’s Humvee drove over an improvised explosive device during his 2004 Iraq tour, he lost both legs, his right arm, and was left with only 70% functionality in his left arm.

Bozik returned to athletics after his 18-month recovery, learning to surf and play golf. While dropping off his daughter at a Brazilian jiu jitsu class in McKinney, Texas, he was approached by the instructor, another veteran, who sensed Bozik’s interest in the course and offered to work with him, tailoring the training to fit Bozik’s needs. The two stuck with it, and in time, Bozik began competing in tournaments throughout Texas.

“Don’t put yourself out of it before you get into it,” said Bozik, to the Independent Journal Review. “Never give up. There’s always a way if you’re willing to try.”

Get the full story at Independent Journal Review.