Help Save The Stronghold

Hi Family and Friends,

It’s with a heavy heart that I write this letter, and I am hoping that I can truly come and rally support from the community in order to save part of the building space that The Stronghold is about to lose. In November 2016, we acquired a new landlord and the end result is that our rent has now been tripled. Our response was to do a couple things: restructure our business and to also launch a nonprofit, which would help us obtain state and federal grants to cover the deficit. I have been working tirelessly for 3 months with over 100 key community leaders to brainstorm ideas for our front space which would have been the new home of our nonprofit. Unfortunately we are at a crossroads where if I don’t receive enough pledges or community support in a week, it will be given away for a franchise opportunity, which is what I spent so much time trying to avoid. We have a 1,700 square foot space and my vision is that it would house the following:

1) A community space for organizations to rent out for events, fundraisers, birthday parties, etc.
2) A Kids and Teens Enrichment Academy/Recreation Center for morning and After-School Programs
3) Extra Mat Space for our free programs for at-risk and underprivileged youth. Currently we are working on our free programs for Wrestling (partnered with Point Loma High School), Jiu Jitsu and Self-Defense.
4) A Parent Cafe where parents can socialize or work while their children are in evening classes.

My goal is to get $117,000 of pledges and support, which would cover an ample amount for rent and renovations before we fully launch the space. Pledges mean that you do not have to commit to paying it all up front, as I know this is a huge request. What it does mean is that if you are able to pledge any amount, I will be able to present these pledges to the landlord in order for us to keep the space community-based as originally intended. This also means if you are interested in getting a tax-deductible write-off for the nonprofit, I can also do this as well. Your pledge can also cover a variety of things, for example a future event to host in the event space, or even a Stronghold membership.

I truly appreciate your consideration and willingness to help The Stronghold exist to be a community outreach leader of San Diego. Thank you for your time to read. If you are interested in pledging any amount, please text me at 858.722.0942 or you are also more than welcome to call.

Warm Regards,
Raquel Cusi

Stronghold Kids Weekly News (June 11-17)

Hi Parents, we have a few updates for events for this month and next!

June 19-September 1 Kids Summer Camp – Currently we have almost every week open for Kids Camp but will be closing out week availability soon. If there’s a particular date you’d like to attend, please let us know asap. You can sign up at the following link:

June 24 – Stronghold Kids Club Fair & Open House: We will be having an event to spread the word about our new nonprofit, Stronghold Kids Club! We are looking for kids who would like to host a booth for the Kidpreneur Fair or kids who want to showcase a talent. Our Facebook event page can be found here: Stronghold Kids Club Fair & Open House

July 15 – Kids Belt and Stripe Promotions – All kids are welcome to attend, and Coach Mike will notify you if your child is ready for a new belt. Stripes can be given throughout the week for those who don’t attend this day.

Thanks everyone, hope you are having a great start of the summer so far!

Stronghold Kids Weekly News (May 22-May 26)

Hi Parents, we hope you are having a great week! Be sure to bring all the kids tonight for a Stronghold Kids Treat Night after Jiu Jitsu. Today’s schedule is as follows:

4PM: Obstacle Course Challenge
5PM: Striking
5:30PM: Kid Jiu Jitsu (Gi)

New Stronghold Kids “Bring-A-Friend” Program
We are also starting a new “Bring-a-Friend” program for our Kids Program. For every friend that comes to try out a class, students will earn $25 “Stronghold Bucks.” If that friend decides to sign-up, students will also receive a $25 Stronghold Credit that can be used towards Monthly Membership dues, Gis, Stronghold Apparel and more. This is currently only offered at our Point Loma location.

Summer Camps 2017
We will be hosting Summer Camps every week this summer with the exception of July 3 – July 7 and August 21 – 25. All Stronghold Students and guests are welcome to attend. Kids will be participating in our Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling and Obstacle Course classes, Nerf, Chess, LEGO Challenges, Arts & Crafts, Board Games and Community Outreach. We are limiting each week to 15 students, so if you are interested in signing up, please use the following link.

Camp Fees:
$150: Full Day, Full Week
$125: Half Day, Full Week
$40: Full Day Drop-In
$30: Half Day Drop-In

Sign up for Stronghold Kids Summer Camp 2017 Now:”

Stronghold San Diego Open Competition Camp

Come learn tournament preparation tips (including fitness and diet), IBJJF Rules, Registration and policies. Acai and Ahi Poke Bowls included in Camp fee. $45 a student (Ages 13 and up). Only 40 spots available, register today to prepare for IBJJF’s very first San Diego Open on Saturday, May 13! Register below:

Competitor’s Division:
Camp Attendee’s Name:

Stronghold Kids Spring Camp

Join us for a day or full week of Stronghold Kids Spring Camp! Spaces are limited, register at link below today!

Dates: Monday, March 27 – Friday, March 31

Half Day (9am-12pm or 12pm-3pm, Monday-Friday): $100/week
Full Day (9am-3pm, Monday-Friday): $150/week

Half Day Drop-In: $25/day
Full Day Drop-In: $35/day

Half Day Schedule: 1 Jiu Jitsu/Fitness Class, Games Hour (Chess, NERF, Lego, Trivia), 1 Snack
Full Day Schedule: 2 Jiu Jitsu/Fitness Classes, Games Hour (Chess, NERF, Lego, Trivia), Arts/Crafts, 2 Snacks

Please have kids bring a lunch, gi, extra pair of clothes and shoes. Inquire about early drop off/late pick up!


Full Day (9-3), Half Day (9-12 or 12-3)
Child’s Name

Cobrinha Apparel

Pay for Cobrinha Rashguards, Spats, Shirts and Patches Below. Thank you!


Stronghold Twenty Seventeen Apparel

Now taking pre-orders on our new Stronghold Apparel! Shirts, hoodies, long sleeves and tanks available in Men’s, Women’s and Kid’s sizes. Use Paypal link below and then please either text Mike and Raquel for colors and sizes. Thank you!

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Stronghold Tap Cancer Out Wristbands

We hope you can support our Stronghold Tap Cancer Out Jiu Jitsu Team by purchasing a #StrongholdTCO Wristband! Suggested minimum donation is $5 per wristband and 100% of profits will go to the competitor of your choice. Final cost of wristbands is still being determined (can range between 50 cents-$1 depending on quantity ordered).

Click the Donate Button below to pre-order wristbands and indicate quantity and competitor you would like to support in the Notes section. Adults and Youth Sizes available, thanks for the support! Wristbands will be ordered by November 17 and they can also be snail mailed – please estimate $1 for shipping costs.