The police report from the break-in.
It is a very sad time for two of Brazilian jiu-jitsu’s toughest competitors. On March 17, while training for the 2009 BJJ Pan-Ams, the townhouse of Megaton Dias and Luka Dias was burglarized, wiping out all the funds that had been accumulated during Megaton’s twenty years teaching Brazilian jiu-jitsu in the United States.
Luka was the first to arrive home that evening and found the house open and the electricity cut off. The family’s friendly and non-aggressive pit bulls had defecated on the floor, raising the suggestion that they were perhaps “tazed” by the burglars. The thieves’ target: the safes in the upstairs bedroom.
It is suspected that the burglars had familiarity with the Dias residence because they were not deterred by the signs outside the townhouse stating that there was an alarm system (at the time there actually was not), and the “beware of dog” signs alluding to the family’s two dogs. Further, she reports that the burglars only removed the two safes that were in a closet and did not take the computers, television, or any other valuables on the property.
In addition to wiping out the savings for Megaton and Luka’s eventual retirement, the robbery has eliminated moneys saved for the college education of Megaton’s 16 year old daughter Mackenzie, who also competes regularly in Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitions.
As always, Megaton and Luka continue to compete and inspire, putting on great efforts at the 2009 Pan-Ams just 10 days after the burglary. In the time since the robbery, a member of Megaton’s affiliate in France has posted a website where members of the BJJ community can make contributions to help the Dias family recover from this tragedy.
The FightWorks Podcast encourages The Mighty 600,000 to assist the Dias family in this tough time! “Mega” and Luka are not only respected members of the BJJ family, they are just good people and could really use a hand.