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Having lost many things lately including my job was very tough mentally. Not knowing when I could find another job, have money to pay the bills and feed myself etc… Then one day at open mat someone I was rolling with knew I wasn’t feeling well and after telling him what I was going through, he told me something that would change my perspective on life with jiu-jitsu, he said...
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Jiu-Jitsu saves lives. If you've been following this blog, you will find many examples of this. Here's another amazing story from someone that used BJJ to help her get through some difficult problems and hard times. Mirella Atallah was inspired by her instructor in Lebanon to bring more jiu-jitsu to the middle east. She is now sharing her story with others in hopes that It will inspire more people to give it a try. Make sure to read the full article as we discuss the importance of the art for self-defence and how empowering this sport is for women struggling to find their confidence. 
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I’ve been in some pretty dark places in my life. If I can motive those around me and help prevent others from going to those places then I feel like it's my duty to do so. I’m at a place in my life now that I thought would never be possible. I want to show others that your dreams aren’t that far away if you’re willing to step out and go get them.

I wake up every day in love with the life I live. I went from a full-time job living a comfortable life, but I didn't smile like this. I currently make less than half of what I used to make. The craziest part is that you couldn't pay me to go back to that life. I went from being motivated by money to being motivated by happiness. I don't know what the future has in store for me, but I do know that I'm loving this ride.

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The story of Stardust Jiu-Jitsu is one that's filled with hope, love, acceptance, friendship, empathy and inspiration. Lucas is one of the most selfless people I've come across and his story deserves much more attention. Out of the kindness of his heart, he was inspired to create a place where people can freely express themselves from judgement and be a part of a community that wants to help them grow as people. If a martial artist imagined heaven, I'm sure it would look very similar to Stardust Jiu-Jitsu. He is exactly what the Submission Shark Community represents and it's an honour to be able to share his story. 

Stardust jiu-jitsu provides not only a physical place to train but a nurturing spirit within it as well. From accepting refugees and teaching passionate practitioners free of charge to even feeding the underprivileged and helping children do their homework, Stardust jiu-jitsu is a beacon for positivity and healing. He's a very intelligent man with decades of experience as both an addiction psychiatrist and a martial artist. Learn more about the man that is outrageously full of life. A man that is passionately loving towards his family. And become inspired as he leveraged all the assets he could find in order to make people feel safe, happy, loved, and empowered.

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I was in bed for almost a year and gained 90lbs. I fell into a really deep depression and was being prescribed pain medication like candy. I developed a strong dependency on pain medication and eventually lost my career because of it. Like many, I have felt sadness, anger, weakness. I know what it is like to have it all and lose it. I know what it's like to be in a place of desperation with no light in sight. I would like to show others that there is definitely a way out, it is possible to climb out from the depths of despair. 

True happiness is not accepting defeat, hard work, dedication, pushing yourself each and every day to meet your goals and helping others accomplish theirs.

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