Be Grateful and Enjoy the Fight

All of us have a fighter within and once you get that 1st taste of the fight it is inevitable a part of you for the rest of your life. However, not always is your fight in a cage or on the mats. Life has many battle fields and sometimes […]


The Power of Healing

It was a warm summer day in Lakewood Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. I pulled up to the Transform Headquarters for a Sunday yoga session. Despite my mad dash to get out the hotel room door, surprisingly I was early.  I sat in the rental car for a few minutes, […]


Got The Black and Blues

One of the caveats of training in a martial art is looking like you train in a martial art. I’m not saying everyone who trains will get a black eye, but it’s not surprising if you do. Especially when you start rolling, bruises are common and can be almost comical […]


Your Jiu Jitsu and its SO: Mobility

If you do Jiu Jitsu, (which if you’re reading this, you probably do) then you know how awkward Jiu Jitsu can be: failed takedowns, back takes, inverted guard, etc., plus all of the submissions you get put in where you’re twisted around yourself or your opponent that leave you feeling […]


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 […]