TUCSON, Ariz. - Daimyo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is mourning the loss of slain US Deputy Marshal, Chase White , who was a member for the past two years.
Owner and head instructor, Manuel Flores, says White was a dedicated member who often took the academy's 6 a.m. classes at the Ina Road location.
"He always joked that you could only find him at three places. He was either at work, in jiujitsu, or at home with his family," Flores said.
Flores was heartbroken to learn he was killed in the line of duty last week, and said his death hit the tight-knit jiu jitsu community hard.
In his two years at Daimyo, Flores says White was the first one to help newcomers and make them feel more comfortable learning the martial art.
To honor White, the academy is holding three open mat sessions where they'll be collecting gift cards and cash donations for White's family.
- Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m, Ina location
- Friday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m., Twin Peaks location
- Saturday, Dec. 8 at 10 a.m., Ina location