Oct. 5, 2022

Why Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a Great Tool for Veterans with PTSD

“You could have a bad day or you could have a bad week. You could have a bad month….But you know what, eventually you understand why you're going through it. And you just have to do it…there's always gonna be light at the end of the tunnel.”

Anthony Ferro is a Marine Veteran who served in Iraq and struggled during his military to civilian career transition. Anthony wants the military community to know that while you may go through some tough situations after you leave the military, that struggle is only temporary.

In a recent interview with KP of The Morning Formation Podcast, Anthony Ferro compares his time serving in the Marines to working in the civilian world once he became a Veteran.

Anthony Ferro served in the Marines, where he came a Lance Corporal at the age of twenty-three. He was deployed to Iraq twice during his service, where he was living in dangerous, combat zones. This experience left Anthony with PTSD which was challenging to live with after his retirement. Luckily, he found a great outlet for his mental struggles in the form of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

“There's a lot a lot of people that could go far in this floor and they could do far in their lives. It's just, you have to get through it. This sport can take you there, I really can. It's just not easy. takes dedication.”

In the interview, Ferro shares why BJJ has become a passion of his and how it has really helped improve his life. Ferro is so passionate about the sport that he is a successful competitor, a Professor of BJJ, and an owner of a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gym.

Anthony and KP reminisce on the times they practiced the sport together in Illinois and why they love practicing it.

To find out more about Anthony’s time in combat and to hear about how BJJ is such a great sport for Veterans, listen to the full episode.

Click here for the full interview.


Blog post written by Lina Gomez