Train Until Your Idols Become Your Competition

Coming up the ranks we all have a few black belts that stick out in our mind that we dream of becoming like. But when that day comes that a black belt is tied around your waist you are faced with the reality that you are now among the ranks […]


The New Kid On The Block

When it comes to finding a Jiu Jitsu academy the process can be frustrating and it may take you a few tries to find the right one. It can also be scary and intimidating to walk into a new academy and be the new kid on the block. What if […]


Realizing Your True Calling

If you go through life with a plan, you will learn that not always does the path we follow lead to where we thought it would go. Kay Stephenson’s life journey has led her to places she never expected and to places where she found unimaginable happiness and fulfillment. Having […]


Crushing Fears One At A Time

When it comes to being shy most of us would hide in a corner and hope to be invisible, but not Amy Daugherty Davis. She has conquered her fears head on.  Davis has been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for almost five years at Olympic Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  She says her son […]


Keeping It In The Family

For some who were raised in a family business, the last thing you want to do when you grow up is continue the legacy. For the Ramsden family that is furthest from the truth.  Suzanne Ramsden’s daughter Julia Ramsden and son Evan Ramsden started off as assistant instructors a few […]


That’s So Sic 1

In the intricate quilt that is the Brazilian JiuJitsu community, you will find that we have all been part of something that is bigger than we are, come from something that makes us unique, or experienced something that makes those around us ask, “how did you accomplish all of that?”  The […]


Tipping the Scales

People make assumptions about each other all the time. We always assume  what people are now is what they have always been. You have to wonder is it just our nature as humans or is being judgmental as product of our society.  Regardless, the labels we place on each other […]


Building Character Through Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

When it comes to Martial Arts Kelley Perotti is no stranger. She has around twenty one years experience and counting. She began her Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training seventeen years ago. She says that she has always enjoyed the evolution of practical martial arts and was lucky to have been introduced […]


At The Top of Her Game

When it comes to female black belts, Jena Bishop, of Gracie Humaita San Diego, seems to be the talk of the town. She has won not just one, not just two, but three double golds this year- in Master Worlds, Pan Ams and Europeans. With these new feats on her […]