Darwin BJJ opens its doors to help find a cure for Crohns. UPDATE 1/15!!!

| January 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

12390870_996487293731220_1564793416791793873_n   Darwin BJJ, owned and operated by Professor Joey Carta.

Here’s his story.

“Well where to begin.  It was a nice day in June 2012, or at least it was nice outside.  From my vantage point it was hot, smelly, loud and just nasty.  See my name is Joseph Carta.  I have been working for the Connecticut Department of Correction for 9 years.  This is the setting of the day that would change my life forever.  See this is the day that I got sick.  With out going into detail things happened on the inside of my body that would lead to the next 6 weeks being hell and the next 8 months being a roller coaster ride from hell.”

     “During the next 6 weeks I lost 20 pounds going from 180 pounds to 160.  Being absolutely starving and thirsty, but knowing that if I was to partake in either activity I would be suffering for the next 48 hours.  Finally I was so hungry I just lost it and went to KFC.  That wasn’t smart.  It got so bad that I almost blacked out at work from dehydration and I spent the next 4 days at The University of Connecticut Health Center.”
     “To give you an idea of what bad shape I was in when I was in the emergency room, the nurse tried to take my blood and it was coagulating inside the needle.  I will never forget what the doctor said, “Put him on Heprin ( blood thinner) or he is going to die.”  Even writing this now it’s hard to think back on.  Needless to say I had a colonoscopy done and two ulcers where found and my gastrointestinal tract was so swollen I was placed on medications for 4 months.  At the end of the 8 months, after being put on different medications to see what worked, after going into the emergency room another three times I was finally diagnosed with Crohns disease.”  

What is Crohns?

     “Now one would think well man you got alot on your mind during all this. Actually one of the only things that was on my mind was will I have to stop training in the art which I have dedicated my life to,  passed on sweet assignments at work for, lost countless girlfriends to, this art, the Arte Suave.  Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.”
     “That was what scared me most, not being able to train.  Luckily I have a very mild case, so it’s one pill a day and watch my diet and I am good.  So all is not lost.  I remember telling my doctor that there are specific things in my life that I do ( Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) and that we had to figure out a plan so I can continue to do things because not being able to do them isn’t an option.  He said ok and it’s been a happy patient doctor relationship ever since.”

Join us for a 24 hour Open Mat

Fundraiser to Benefit the

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America!


Join us in the fight against Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis for a 24-hour open mat event to raise funds for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.


When:  January 23, 2016 – January 24, 2016, 12AM-12AM

Where:  Darwin BJJ/MMA,

     120 Washington Street, Suite 23, Middletown, CT 06457


Visit http://online.ccfa.org/goto/joeycarta for more information and to make a tax-deductible donation.


Thank you in advance for your support!

    “I have been involved with the BJJ Globetrotter movement since the first camp in Copenhagen, Denmark.  I went there to train, at the time I was a brown belt, and ended up teaching two classes because another instructor got really sick. Since then I have taught at the first Globetrotter USA camp this past year in New Hampshire.  That’s where I met MassMMA’s Jiu Jitsu columnist Adam “BuzzSaw” Sawyer.  I was showing a technique from bottom side control and showed the technique against Adam to show that it could be done on any size person as long as fundamentals were correct. It was flawless, and since that time back in August, Adam continues to message me, relaying that he continually uses what I’ve taught him and the advantages he’s gained! Such an amazing compliment.”
12391190_10100103185183255_6113007357300162607_n     “Now how does all this background info tie into this crazy idea that I had to do a 24hr straight open mat training session.  Well I was like if we are going to train for 24 hours lets do it for charity.  I have done other charity rolls associated with BJJ Globetrotters, but nothing by myself.  So I thought lets do it for the Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America since I myself am intimately aware of the disease considering its part of me.”
1937124_10100103185043535_2745700451840594169_n     “Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has made the person I am today. Without it I don’t know what or who I would be.  I am a firm believer that we can use the relationships that we make in this art to do good for others.  So that’s what I am doing here.  I have teamed up with the Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America to raise money during this 24 hour training session for them.  All proceeds raised will go directly to them. All the money we will raise doing what we love will one day lead to tests that can prevent someone else going through what I’ve through, because I wouldn’t wish what I went through on my worst enemy, and that’s not for dramatic effect.”
 http://online.ccfa.org/goto/joeycarta  =    Online donation page
     “In closing I thank you all for giving your lives to the martial arts most specifically Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  With out this art I would have had nothing to look forward to when I got out of the hospital. To all that can make it out to the gym that day I thank you for taking time out and putting something bigger than yourselves first.  To all that can’t make, but make a donation thank you, Every little bit helps!!!!!!!”
See you all on the mats, OSS!                            -Joey Carta 11218984_620513964718254_6678648292997656813_n


In 2012 Professor Carta was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. There was nothing he could have done to stop it. That gene turned on and since that day his life has been different. Feeling that through Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can do good when so much out there is bad. Myself and my team are going to have an open mat and invite everyone to make a donation for a good cause. All proceeds will go directly to the Crohns and colitis foundation of America.

The idea is this.
Beginning on January 23rd at Midnight and ending on January 24th at Midnight (A FULL 24 HOURS of OPEN MAT for the full day and night of Saturday). This open mat is open to everyone. All practitioners from every school from everywhere, at any time during the 24 hours. Gi, NOGI, wrestling, sambo, catch wrestling, Judo, whatever you’d like, it’s an open mat format.

Who knows maybe the money raised will help lead to a cure. Joey pray’s no one has to go through what he went through, however it will not define his life or who he is since his diagnosis.  Brazilian Jiu-Jistu has been his savior. Lets all get together doing something we love and help raise money for research for something has touched not only Joey Carta, but tens of thousands of others.

Darwin BJJ  is located at 120 Washington St, Ste 23, Middletown, Connecticut.

Parking for this event is across the street. There is public parking behind KidCity. Darwin BJJ’s door is next to exclusive furs there is a sticker on the door. They ask that everyone makes a donation all of which is going directly to the foundation. Any amount is appreciated. Please click on the link below to help us find a cure with your donation today!

Donate by clicking here to find a cure!




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I'm a born and raised New Englander, I've been around the MMA and BJJ circuits for years dating back to 2005. A Maine native, BJJ brown belt, and ABC certified MMA referee. I'm a grammatical nightmare but hey, you'll get the point. Being a dump truck physically and a blunt object mentally allows me to see the finer points within the sport of BJJ, without being compromised via politics, biased, racism, sexism or negativity. I've been around the country, as a medic, referee, setup crew, breakdown crew, driver, and everything in between that a promotion has needed in order to gain the inside intel on today's world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

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