Yearly Archives: 2019


Navigating Compliments in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 1

Compliments can be a minefield to navigate in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.  What is said, what is meant, and what is perceived can all be very different things. Context is very important. The relationship you have with that training partner too. Here is an easy solution and some general hints to help […]


Can’t Stop Won’t Stop

For most of us just getting the motivation to go hit the gym is a struggle, but then there is Crys Davis. Crys trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Luta Livre, Muay Thai and Krav Maga, but with one main difference—she trains in a wheelchair. Crys has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a rare […]


Excuses Are Like… 1

Its Monday. I am in the midst of a late afternoon slump. I am tired, unmotivated and not looking forward to going to the gym. My gym in almost an hour drive each way. There was not definitely NOT enough weekend to my weekend. I am constantly on the go […]


Take A Break

  I had been training for a solid 8 months, an average of 3 times a week. I trained through going to college 1 ½ hours away, through classwork and writing, through raising a son and tending to my husband. Usually the mats were a release for me, but at […]


Tips to Training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu While Pregnant 2

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) isn’t “easy” to begin with; and now, I’m adding being pregnant to the mix. People have asked me “why didn’t you just stop doing BJJ?” As a 20-week, pregnant Blue Belt, there have been many times where I haven’t made it to class. But with a strategy, […]


Keep On Swimming

  From the shore at Oceanside Pier, the waves separating me from the course looked small, maybe 1-3 feet. Once in the water, though, the waves were well over my head. Once I passed the first set of breakers, I had to navigate through the second set without the advantage […]


The Last Belt

If you ask most people what their BJJ goals are not everyone will say that they want to be a world champion…but damn near most of them will say they want to get their black belts. But is there really anything special about getting your black belt?  Do we put […]


It’s Never Too Late To Embrace The Jiu Jitsu Addiction 3

On March 22nd, 2019, Sandi Duquette and Susan Gordon faced off in a monumental match. They were at the IBJJF Pans at UC-Irvine, and faced off in a Women’s Master 7 blue belt bout. Sandi and Susan began the match sizing each other up, each trying to take the other […]


‘Welcome home. It’s good to have you back.’ 11

I was gang raped at fifteen. I was a freshman in high school. My assailants did not serve time. No one believed me. I changed schools. I grew older. Life marched on. I moved to Seattle Washington at thirty. I was stalked by two different men while coming home from […]


Never Lose Sight Of What Really Matters 2

  Every time Michele Colon pulls out her black belt from her bag, she can’t believe it is hers. Michele had an unorthodox journey to earning her black belt, a feat she accomplished under Marcio Santos and Carlos Machado in February 2018. Michele began her Jiu Jitsu journey in 2002 […]