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Guest Name
Joey Zente
Guest Occupation
Marine Veteran/Founder of Veterans Jiu-Jitsu assisting with the “Warriors Heart” training
Guest Biography

Joey Zente is a Marine Corps Veteran & Veterans Jiu-Jitsu Founder and Leader of the Austin area VJJ Club, who assists with the Warriors Heart Jiu Jitsu Training Program (with Warriors Heart CEO Josh Lannon). Zente started training jiu-jitsu in 2009 after completing his four year enlistment in the Marine Corps. Zente received his blue and purple belts from Ronny Lis, brown belt from Robert "Dutra" Moreira, and in 2016 earned the rank of black belt from Chris Haueter. Zente currently runs an organization called Veterans Jiu-Jitsu, which provides free training opportunities for active duty military, veterans, law enforcement, and first responders. Veterans Jiu-Jitsu is an organization dedicated to building communities of veterans around the world through the physical and mental training of jiu-jitsu. Zente has also been instrumental in building the Warriors Heart Jiu Jitsu Training Program in Bandera, Texas, to help military, veterans and first responders heal with fellow warriors who are struggling with addiction, PTSD, mild TBI, depression, trauma and co-occurring issues. He currently lives in Leander, TX with his wife and two daughters.

- United States Marine Corps veteran

- BJJ Black Belt

- Founder of Veterans Jiu-Jitsu

- Instructor at BJJ Globetrotters Camps