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Finding Strength in Trauma

    Only a small percentage of people understand what it is we do, this sport called Jiu Jitsu. Very few get it for what it really is; many others portray it as violent or find it invasive. I’ll admit it I too saw it this way, but now it […]


I Promise, Your BJJ Game Won’t Disappear During Quarantine 1

It’s a tough time to be a BJJ addict, amirite ladies? Many of us have been out of the gym since late March or early April. Some of us, like me, are still out because our life circumstances prevent us from going back safely, even if everyone is just doing […]


Creating A Safe Space

  We all want our training partners to feel comfortable and safe entering our gyms: I am writing this essay under that assumption.  I have been a BJJ practitioner of 7 years. I also manage my gym so I am often considering the culture of our gym and crew, how […]


Just Crazy Enough To Do It

  As we’ve all tried to adjust to what the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu ‘scene’ looks like during a global pandemic, I had the great pleasure of interviewing April Parks. She is a BJJ Black Belt out of Syracuse, New York and founder of Grappling Getaways: grappling camps with world-class Jiu […]


Lessons in Lockdown

  To say that lockdown hasn’t been easy would be a severe understatement.  Even as some communities have begun to reopen, one of the hardest parts continues to be the isolation, particularly from the practice and community of BJJ. For me, not having BJJ as an outlet and as an […]


Three Powerful Steps When Encountering Naysayers about Your BJJ Addiction 1

  “You’re off to class again?  How often do you have to go?  Why don’t you try something safer?” an anxiety-prone mother asked her 30-year-old adult daughter. Do you have friends, family, coworkers, or loved ones who simply do not understand?  They have never walked in your footsteps, or rather, […]


Finding A Purpose 2

    Often in life, people want to reinvent themselves from the ground up, but very few achieve that. Many of us struggle with darker parts of ourselves which hold us back from becoming the person we want to be. However, this isn’t the case with Danielle Walker, a blue […]


Be Furious and Notice the Sunshine

  Remember a few months ago when you were complaining about that dude at the gym who kept smashing you? How many of us are now thinking, wow, I wish I had appreciated super smashy dudes while I still had the ability to go to class. I wish I had […]


Inclusion Made Simple 1

  With the rollercoaster that is 2020, it is easy to forget that June is LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) Pride month.  During this time, we reflect on LGBTQ history and celebrate the progress we have made.  Pride takes place in June and honors the Stonewall Uprising of […]


How to Come Back Stronger 3

Imagine that you’re seriously injured and can’t do what you love–jiu jitsu– for at least six months.  You wonder how you’ll get through those long months of not training.  You finally get back on the mats and then bam.  Covid-19 closes the gym for the foreseeable future.  It happened to […]