#WeAreOSDWednesday – Joey Zente – OSD Austin

Chapter: Austin  
OSD Affiliation: Fitness Activity Leader 
OSD Member Since: July 2018

Why did you join OSD?
“Community building. The reason I created Veterans Jiu-Jitsu was to build a community of like-minded veterans and veteran supporters who work hard to help each other enrich our training and our lives. OSD has a solid history of supporting our troops overseas, here at home, and during the transition between the two. I am truly honored to be part of the team.” 

What has been your favorite event with OSD? 
“That is a tough one, but I would have to say it was our last big jiu-jitsu tournament, NAGA (North American Grappling Association). It was the first big event since we linked up with OSD. We had a lot of tough matches and took home a bunch of gold! All in all, the OSD sponsored athletes each won their divisions and represented themselves very well.”

How do you personally serve your community through OSD? 
“For the last few years, I have taught jiu-jitsu a few days per week to our veterans and anyone else who wants to join. Since July my mission has expanded to include yoga, muay thai kickboxing, community workouts, tactical fitness classes and pretty much anything else fitness related. We have some really great volunteers who are working hard to provide free training opportunities across town.” 

What inspires you?
“Learning new things is one of the core motivators for me. I am always trying to gain new skills, hone the skills I have, and share those skills with anyone who wants to learn with me.”

What is your favorite book? Why? 

“Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. Probably because I haven’t read any books besides jiu-jitsu encyclopedias in 10 years. But also because of the dialogue between the two main characters. They speak to me in many ways.” 

How has OSD impacted you and your family’s life? 
“Having OSD and our communities members at your back is what it’s all about. It’s no different for me. I know that I can reach out to one of our members and have help or advice with anything. The feeling is akin to having that support staff back on base while you are out in the field. It’s great to know I can call in for backup when I need it. Having a great group of people to work and train with makes me a better person, which is invaluable at home.” 

What would you say to someone considering joining OSD? 
“Come to one event. Make one friend. Experience our community for yourself. This is one of the most genuine veteran service organizations I have ever come across. I am lucky to have found them.” 

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