Break Outside of your Pretty Little Box

While the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community is undeniably diverse and broad-minded, we must also understand that, on an individual level, our culture, belief, and upbringing may be tested.  We are but fragments of the human race schema.  Celebration of our differences is not an attack against our own beliefs but […]


The Sacrifices v.s Rewards of Being A JiuJiteira

When I started jiu-jitsu, my goal was simply to be able to defend myself, but it quickly became much more.  My journey begins with the purchase of my first home.  I lived alone and thought it would be best to learn to defend myself.  I signed up for self-defense classes […]


It Was Never Going to Be About the Sparring…..

When I started jiu jitsu, I saw women’s cross training as a way to get better at competition (our bodies have a different center of gravity than guys, other women are less likely to “take it easy” on another woman, someone in the same weight class, etc).  I didn’t go […]


An Open Letter To Jiu Jitsu

Dear Jiu Jitsu, When we first met I never thought I’d like you. You just weren’t my type. You are dirty, you are smelly and just plain mean. To be honest, I thought you were only for dumb meatheads wanting to smash things or Martial Arts dorks who thought they […]


It’s My Party I’ll Cry If I Want To

My jiu jitsu has not been a bed of roses this year. In fact, it has pretty much sucked and I admit I have been in the depths of a raging pity party. This year it seems like it has been filled with injuries, health issues, losing my favorite training […]


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 […]