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Jeff Curran Gives Back with ‘Help Fight Hunger’ Seminar

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by Matt Lo Cascio

Jeff CurranJeff Curran may be sidelined as he recovers from hand injuries, but he’s still found a way to fight while he heals up.

Curran is offering a free Jiu-Jitsu seminar to benefit the Crystal Lake Food Pantry. “Help Fight Hunger” will take place December 1 at Team Curran MMA.

“People need help. The biggest problem with today is that people think all the major problems are worldly and forget we can make a huge difference by doing so little,” Curran said. “My wife taught me that. She volunteers her time to make people’s lives better all the time and I feel as students and practitioners of Jiu-Jitsu we have that power to do so.”

While the seminar is free, attendees are asked to make a minimum donation of $10 to the Crystal Lake Food Pantry.

“$10 is nothing to people who are fortunate enough to be able to afford lessons and a gi to train in,” Curran said. “So I want to ask everyone to donate $10. Last year I did a free seminar that brought in 138 people. It may be a little crowded, but it sure will be fun and great to make a difference in some people’s lives in the area around the holiday season.”

Curran is mostly known to fans of the sport as a fighter, having compiled over 50 professional fights since the late 90’s. He’s fought in the UFC, Strikeforce, PRIDE, Bellator, WEC and XFO. But he says Jiu-Jitsu is always first for him.

“I love to teach Jiu-Jitsu and being an ‘MMA’ guy, it is important for me to show the people out there that I am an advocate for Jiu-Jitsu first.”

The seminar will run from 10am to 1pm, and Curran expects the place to be even more packed than last year’s free seminar.

“It’s my way of saying thank you, Merry Christmas and God bless, all at once.”

Jeff Curran Help Fight Hunger Seminar

About Matt Lo Cascio

Matt Lo Cascio is a former TV producer who turned to new media in 2005, and he is the co-founder and editor of Chicago's MMA. He is also the play-by-play announcer for the XFO. His work has been published by ESPN.com, DraftKings, The Comeback, FanSided and more.

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