Breaking Stereotypes and Redefining Gender Roles 1

When the Gracies’ 1st cultivated Brazilian Jiu Jitsu did they ever think it would reach as far as it has? The art can now be found in almost every country around the globe including  far off places like Kazikstan. Although Jiu jitsu wasn’t introduced in Kazakhstan until 2008, it is […]


There Are No Limits

Each female on this jiu jitsu journey will have their own personal “firsts” that feel life changing. Your first class, your first stripe, your first competition, your first belt promotion are all major milestones. Professor Gina Franssen’s big milestone, promotion to black belt, also made her Minnesota’s first female Brazilian […]


Making the Most of a Seminar

Looking back at the seminars you’ve taken, did you make the most of them? Is it possible to maximize Jiu Jitsu learning? Ultimately, getting to learn from talented athletes should be more than just a great photo op. I don’t get to vacation often, so my weekend road trip to […]


From the Darkness to the Light 1

There are only few paths to follow for those that love Jiu Jitsu so much that they want to make a career of it. Among the most common are you either to teach or you transition to Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Although there are more opportunities as a Jiu Jitsu […]


Advice For Coaching Kid’s Classes 1

Coaching kid’s class, like Jiu Jitsu in general, helps you with your balance. I’m not just talking about stance drills, which are by the way, really fun. If you aren’t familiar with stance drills here is how they work.  Everyone gets in their best stance and the coaches get to […]


How To Be Your Own Coach

In any sport having a phenomenal instructors and coaches can make all the difference. An athlete with just raw talent can only get so far without guidance. Having someone that believes in you can shape the course of your entire life.  A strong support system builds confidence and will create […]


Always Finish What you Start

Living the Jiu Jitsu lifestyle isn’t for everyone. But for Mylene Ramos Engle, co-owner of Chris Engle Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Las Vegas, Nevada there is no other way to live. She took some time out of her busy schedule to talk with us about who she is, her inspiration […]


How I trained Jiu Jitsu Pregnant 1

The first two thoughts that ran through my head when I found out I was pregnant was 1) Do I really have to keep this a secret until my first trimester is over? 2) How is this going to effect my jiu-jitsu training? At the time, I was a blue […]


10 things you should know about training while pregnant

Pregnancy and jiu jitsu; jiu jitsu while pregnant; it’s a topic I’ve seen many women discuss. Do I need to stop training? Will someone squish my baby? Will people still spar with me? I’m too fatigued to train. Will my crazy hormones make me snap at my partners or cry […]


Fighting The Battle of Her Life

Sometimes the day to day grind can wear us out and get us down. Our daily fight with traffic, a boss we don’t get along with, endless homework, peer pressure, strict teachers, annoying coworkers, not having enough money, mounting bills and the list goes on. Now imagine you are eleven […]