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6 Tips to Improve Your Jiu Jitsu Game

  Tip #1: Always focus on the very next step of the technique, then build on that. I often see that jiu jitsu athletes get ahead of themselves when training. For example, when someone mounts you, instead of focusing on the fundamentals of blocking the hip, then trapping the leg […]


Bald Strong Mona 2

  As if the pressures of being a teenager aren’t enough, imagine you also have a medical condition that makes you lose all your hair. While most teenage girls would struggle with their identity in these situations, Mona has thrived.  Mona is a 15 year old jiu-jitsu competitor with alopecia,an […]


Tips to Surviving Without Jiu Jitsu During Quarantine

COVID-19 is here, and we’re all trapped inside.   Almost all BJJ events have been canceled or postponed (ours included), and most schools have shut down.  We’re all in this boat together. So here are some tips on how to mentally get through this. Exercise, staying connected, BJJ videos, and other […]


Training With Your Significant Other

  Not everyone has trouble training with their significant other and that’s wonderful.  I’m genuinely happy for them. I am not one of them.  I am one of those, that no matter who wins or loses the match, or who is drilling the move while the other is the dummy, […]


From Wheelchair to World Champ

Sometimes in life you meet someone with such passion and determination that it inevitably ignites something within you, Maisie Thompson is one of those people. Maisie grew up involved in sports – primarily soccer and basketball – and was always very active. Born with a profound sense of adventure, she […]


If You Build It They Will Come

The Southern California ladies of Jiu Jitsu had been begging Shawn Fowler of Five Grappling to organize an all-women’s tournament. He tried a few, but as much as the women said they wanted this opportunity, very few would actually sign up. Jiu Jitsu has grown rapidly in the state, and […]


Have Gi, Will Travel: Puerto Rico 1

It’s a warm, muggy Friday night in Old San Juan. Beautiful, curvy women tug their primped boyfriends through the cobblestone streets. The air holds pulsing rhythms of hypnotic salsa and…Taylor Swift. Not quite tropical, not quite American but in a league of its own, this is Puerto Rico. Retired Gringo […]


She’s Totally Boss

  Do you want to increase energy, become stronger, sleep better, decrease muscle soreness, and improve your jiu jitsu performance? Enter Natalie Boss. . . . She helps athletes improve their mental and physical performance. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Holistic Health Coach, Performance Coach, and a Breathwork facilitator. […]


The Woman Behind The Times

Jiu Jitsu Times has quickly become one of the top news sources in the Jiu Jitsu world. We read an article, watch a video, and catch up on the latest trends, but have you ever stopped to think about what makes this all possible? Averi Clements, the managing editor at […]


The Betty Behind The Sweaty Betties

In 2008 in San Francisco, Mollii Khangsengsing was a white belt on the verge of quitting. Not only was training jiu-jitsu physically grueling—she was one of two women at her gym and the smallest student, by far, at 4-feet 11-inches and 93 pounds—it had also begun impacting her psychological well-being […]