Northwest Jiu Jitsu veteran Cruz Bryan is spearheading a study on “Overcoming PTSD Through Jiu Jitsu.”

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is well-known through it’s display in fighting organizations like the Ultimate fighting Championship. In addition to its combat applications, it is a powerful tool of psychological healing, physical health, and personal growth. Many know the combative side. Few know the healing side. 

Jiu Jitsu teaches us to settle down and relax in the most uncomfortable situations, while providing an effective form of exercise and an incredibly relaxed and friendly social atmosphere that brings together people of all walks of life in a positive environment.

Cruz is working to provide combat veterans access to Jiu Jitsu and it’s beneficial effects. Research and data is needed to validate this practice as a form of therapy in order to gain wider support. Cruz is planning a series of research studies and is looking for funding support. His long term plan is to gain support through grants for ongoing research into a wide range of symptoms of anxiety and PTSD, and ultimately have a fully-funded facility that will use Ju Jitsu as the focal point for healing and growth but provide counseling services and other important resources as well.

With your help lives can be changed and even saved through this new approach. Please visit for more information. To make a research donation, visit Cruz’s GoFundMe page at