CrossFit Hero Workout – “The Murph”

Join the NVMM and CrossFit Clintonville on Saturday, May 27, for a workout in honor Medal of Honor recipient and Navy SEAL, Lieutenant Michael Murphy. Murphy was killed in action when he risked his life to call for help during an ambush while serving in Afghanistan in 2005. Remember Lt. Murphy, his sacrifice and the impact it left on the people around him this Memorial Day Weekend.

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“The Murph” Workout

1. One-mile run
2. 100 pull-ups
3. 200 push-ups
4. 300 squats
5. One-mile run
Workout* completed for Time

*”The Murph” is typically performed while wearing a 20 lb. weighted vest but can be modified to fit your preference or skill level; all ages and levels of experience are encouraged to participate. 

Lt. Michael P. Murphy, fondly referred to by friends and family as “Murph,” was born May 7, 1976 in Smithtown, N.Y. and grew up in the New York City commuter town of Patchogue, N.Y. on Long Island. Murphy grew up active in sports and attended Patchogue’s Saxton Middle School. In high school, Murphy took a summer lifeguard job at the Brookhaven town beach in Lake Ronkonkoma — a job he returned to each summer through his college years.

Murphy attended Penn State University, where he was an exceptional all-around athlete and student, excelling at ice hockey and graduating with honors. He was an avid reader; his reading tastes ranged from the Greek historian Herodotus to Tolstoy’s “War and Peace.” Murphy’s favorite book was Steven Pressfield’s “Gates of Fire,” about the Spartan stand at Thermopylae. Following graduation, he was accepted to several law schools, but instead he changed course. Slightly built at 5 feet 10 inches, Murphy decided to attend SEAL mentoring sessions at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point with his sights on becoming a U.S. Navy SEAL. Murphy accepted an appointment to the Navy’s Officer Candidate School at Pensacola, Fla., in September, 2000.

On June 28, 2005, Lt. Murphy was the officer-in-charge of a four-man SEAL element in support of Operation Red Wing tasked with finding key anti-coalition militia commander near Asadabad, Afghanistan. Shortly after inserting into the objective area, the SEALs were spotted by three goat herders who were initially detained and then released. It is believed the goat herders immediately reported the SEALs’ presence to Taliban fighters.

A fierce gun battle ensued on the steep face of the mountain between the SEALs and a much larger enemy force. Despite the intensity of the firefight and suffering grave gunshot wounds himself, Murphy is credited with risking his own life to save the lives of his teammates. Murphy, intent on making contact with headquarters, but realizing this would be impossible in the extreme terrain where they were fighting, unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his own life moved into the open, where he could gain a better position to transmit a call to get help for his men.

By his undaunted courage, intrepid fighting spirit and inspirational devotion to his men in the face of certain death, Lt. Murphy was able to relay the position of his unit, an act that ultimately led to the rescue of Luttrell and the recovery of the remains of the three who were killed in the battle. Lt. Murphy was buried at Calverton National Cemetery less than 20 miles from his childhood home. Lt. Murphy’s other personal awards include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon and National Defense Service Medal.

Gold Star Family Candlelight Vigil

During Memorial Day weekend, we honor our Gold Star families who have lost a loved one in service to our country with a Candlelight Vigil.  

The Gold Star Family Candlelight Vigil procession will begin on the Museum rooftop and travel down to the Soldiers Cross in Memorial Grove. 

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Veterans Jiu Jitsu Seminar

For this special Memorial Day seminar, learn the gentle art of Jiu Jitsu from instructors: Joey Zente, Marine Corps Veteran and founder of Veterans Jiu-Jitsu in Austin, Texas and John Cofer, a Navy Veteran and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt. After watching demonstrations, guests will be invited to learn Jiu Jitsu techniques first-hand on the mats. Participate in honoring those who died in service to our country this Memorial Day weekend with this special class.

We believe in having a welcoming and safe learning environment for all levels of experience; beginners to advanced individuals are welcome.

This event is free, but registration is required.

Joey Zente is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, founder of Veterans Jiu-Jitsu, and Leader of the Austin area Veterans Jiu Jitsu clubs. Joey started training Jiu Jitsu in 2009 after completing his four-year enlistment in the U.S. Marine Corps. He 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.

Joey 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.

Joey currently lives in Leander, Texas with his wife and two daughters.

John Cofer is a U.S. Navy Veteran. He began his Jiu Jitsu journey in 1997 under professor Claudio Franca in Santa Cruz, California whom he earned his blue and purple belts from. After moving to Washington state, he continued his training under professor Lt. General Michael Ferriter, U.S. Army (Retired), where he earned his brown and black belts. John is currently an instructor at Alliance Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Lakewood, Washington.

John works extensively with local law enforcement developing a curriculum of Jiu Jitsu based techniques for defensive tactics and arresting. John has been hosting free Jiu Jitsu seminars in Washington state for law enforcement since 2017 to help spread the benefits of training on and off the job and help bring them all home safe. 

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