Mick Maynard just put his neck on the line. The current UFC matchmaker is a black belt under Renzo Gracie and he’s willing to risk his neck for charity.
He is pairing up with the folks at Renzo Gracie Houston and H-town’s 8th Wonder Brewery for an April 20 event that will raise money for the We Defy Foundation, a non-profit organization that seeks to “provide combat veterans coping with military connected disabilities a long-term means to overcome their challenges through Brazilian jiu-jitsu and fitness training.”
“Truthfully, our goal was to get a bunch of guys together, do jiu-jitsu, then have some beers,” Maynard told MMA Junkie. “That’s still what we’re going to do, but I just wanted to find different ways to get back involved in giving back. It’s also nice when it can be fun for everybody, so I … brainstormed with one of the guys I’m doing it with, Brian Marvin, who’s president of We Defy foundation, and he also owns Renzo Gracie Houston. We just started talking and went out there and put it together.”
“Of course, first and foremost, we’re reaching out to the Brazilian jiu-jitsu community, and it’s all family oriented,” Maynard said. “It’s family, kids – the kids can’t drink beer, but the kids are allowed at the brewery. People can just not even participate and come and watch, and it won’t cost them a dime. If they want to buy a T-shirt, if they just want to donate, we’re taking anything we can get, and all proceeds will go to the We Defy Foundation.”
Maynard remains an active jiu-jitsu practitioner, earning a black belt from Renzo Gracie this past November. Maynard hopes Brewjitsu HTX becomes a regular event.