Renowned Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner Josh Hinger of Atos was a victim of theft, resulting in substantial estimated damages surpassing $50,000.
The incident unfolded recently, leaving Hinger and the Atos team to grapple with the aftermath of the substantial losses.
Hinger has contributed significantly to the growth and popularity of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is known not only for his exceptional skills on the mats but also for his dedication to promoting and sharing the art with enthusiasts and practitioners.
The theft has dealt a severe blow not only to Hinger personally but also to the broader community that looks up to him for inspiration and guidance. The incident underscores the unfortunate reality that even respected figures can fall victim to criminal activities. Local San Diego abc affiliate was the first to report.
“Just like a tornado had hit the house,” said Hinger.
“Every nook and cranny of the entire house had been scoured,” said Hinger.
“To know our home got invaded, ransacked, and desecrated… I feel rage, anger and sadness,” said Hinger.
“Just tears immediately. Took this symbol of our marriage — I was devastated,” said Hinger, choking back tears.
“If we don’t catch them, they’re going do it to someone else… Nobody knows who is sitting in their neighborhood watching their house,” said Hinger.
The estimated damages resulting from the theft have been reported to exceed $50,000, a significant financial setback. Such losses can have far-reaching consequences, impacting not only Hinger’s personal belongings but also potentially affecting his ability to continue his contributions to the BJJ community.
A gofundme was setup by a friend, hoping to help Hinger recover from the robbery.
As investigations continue and efforts are made to identify those responsible for the theft, the incident serves as a cautionary tale for individuals and organizations alike. Heightened awareness and precautionary measures are crucial in ensuring that such incidents are minimized in the future.
The resilience and unity demonstrated by the BJJ community in response to this unfortunate incident reflect the core principles that guide practitioners both on and off the mats. The support extended to Hinger exemplifies the strength of the bonds forged through a shared passion for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.