"Tuff in Dakar" held from 10 - 15 March 2016 was the third KOA/Big Brothers project in West Africa. After executing "Rollin' in Dakar" to introduce BJJ to Senegal and "Steadfast in Dakar" in 2014, KOA Team led by Professor Kelly Grissom continued on their mission to develop BJJ in West Africa. On this latest trip, KOA was joined by three other Black Belts, including Kenneth Brown, Scott Salb, and Chris Colley, as well as Joc a blue belt, who all selflessly gave their time, money, and energy to support the LionHeart vision. This team brought an unprecedented level of BJJ skill and experience which undoubtedly benefited Senegalese jits.
Photography by Jaron Hampton
The project was held in conjunction with the 2016 Dakar Open, and included seminars and focused training sessions with our Senegalese partners, as well as an exhibitions to promote the gentle art. Tuff in Dakar was documented by LionHeart partner Isaac Kesington, better known as Genghis Con, a cutting-edge filmmaker responsible for some of the best MMA docu-series on the internet.