How Cross-Training Changed My Athletic Performance

When I was training BJJ, Muay Thai, and also boxing competitively, I never felt like there was time for cross-training. I was already at the gym six days a week. How could I possibly fit another workout into my day? My time as a competitive jiujiteira, Muay Thai fighter, and […]


Meet Your Moderator

If you are a girl in a gi, a female who does jiu jitsu, you’re missing out if you haven’t already join the Women’s Grappling Network group on Facebook. It is a group for women who train grappling arts to share thoughts, promote open mats, share tournament info, and support […]


Age Is An Attitude

  They say that age isn’t a number, but an attitude. If that’s the case, then Elaine Beiersdoerfer knows how to age well. At 72, and a grandmother of seven, this blue belt may be better known as the Jiu-Jitsu Grandma. Elaine started jiu jitsu at the age of 69. […]


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 101

  Wondering what Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is all about? Curious to give it a try, but know next to nothing about it? Don’t panic. We all start somewhere! This article will give you a tiny peek into the world of Jiu Jitsu and why so many women are growing to […]


Returning to Exercise After a Hysterectomy

  A few months ago, I got a total hysterectomy at the age of 33. It’s a radical procedure, especially for someone my age. However, it’s a fairly common procedure because so many women suffer from chronic reproductive conditions. According to the National Women’s Health Network, about 600,000 hysterectomies are […]


Better Than The Olympics

  Marina Drašković began training judo at the age of 9 years old in 1994. Her love for the sport and unwavering tenacity brought her mat side with national teams at an Olympic level of training. She traveled to countries like Japan to train and compete in the sport she […]


Doomed to Repeat It

  We all know the cliche. Those who do not learn from the past… So in that vein, here are two scenarios I was totally clueless about when I was less experienced, and the lessons I have learned from them.  It was not about me. Here’s a shocker. The big […]


Shark Tank Diary

  I have a little journal that surfs around my gym bag. I’m a messy, inconsistent person, so I don’t always write in it, but in the weeks leading up to my blue belt test, (aside from techniques I was trying to make pretty,) I wrote down some in-the-moment feelings […]


4 Strategies for Dropping Weight Safely

    Have you ever decided to sign up for a competition and selected that lower weight bracket because surely you’ll be able to cut that weight in time…only to be 1-2 weeks out with a ways still to go? Then that moment of panic sinks in and you start […]


Not Your Competition

  It all began with the new girl. She showed up a few months into my BJJ journey, slightly bigger than me and somehow already wearing a matching set of colorful rashguard and spats. I pictured myself patiently teaching her the one move I had learned, giggling at how awkward […]