The Measure of a Stripe 2

Last month, I was granted a much-needed scholarship from Girls in Gis, which will help me compete this year. This award has come at a time when I have found myself struggling with the so-called blue belt curse. I got my blue belt in December 2015 and it was a […]


Taking The Long Way Home-Lora Heinen Heaps

Have you ever taken a break from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? A few days, a week, a month or even years? At first it feels like your heart gets ripped out, right? “Oh my what do I do with all this free time?” You have to reinvent yourself, but after a […]


Overcoming All Odds -Tamara Spring-Water Benton 1

Life just isn’t fair and we have no control over the cards we are dealt.  However we do have control over how we play them and that is what determines the outcomes of our lives. We can either choose to go down a hard road or we can choose to […]


A Desire to Inspire-Ginger Mark 4

No matter if we realize it or not each of us inspire each other in ways we never imagined. For some it is unintentional for others it is a burning desire within to change the lives of others. Ginger Mark may seem like your ordinary mother of three or is […]


The Further I Go, The More I Want to Keep Moving-Chelsah’ Lyons

There are many rising stars coming out of the Lone Star state. Among them are brown belt Chelsah’ Lyons of Marcelo Garcia Dallas. Chelsah’ is on the fast track to making a name for herself with in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community. Since her start in 2010 she has been […]


You Can’t Beat Me-Natalie Whitson 4

What will the story of your life reveal? In the end can you honestly say that you lived life to the fullest and grew from your experiences? Throughout our lives we all take on many roles and live through many adventures. We all go through the natural evolution of life […]


Don’t Be a Jiu Jitsu Hoarder-Mindy Poehl Yager

You think the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community is small, let’s go back 80 years and you’ll realize just how small it really was. If you trace all the lineages back you’ll find that it all started under one roof and with one family. At first there was one academy where […]


Girls in Gis Louisiana-Scott Recap & Photos

March 4, 2017 near the beautiful swamps of Louisiana Girls in Gis hosted its 3rd event in Louisiana at Gladiator’s Academy of Lafayette.  The event at Gladiator’s Academy of Lafayette helping to build strength and solidarity within the expanding community in the South.  Over 50 females attended, including Louisiana’s newest […]


The Modern Day Wonder Woman-Jessica De La Garza 2

In this busy world we live in we can sometimes get lost in the chaos. We struggle with finding balance and keeping our heads above water. However among the chaos there is always a select few that manage to calmly juggle the world on their shoulders and never miss a […]


Let’s play “What’s in your gi bag?”! 1

The other day I decided I really need to clean my gi bag since it holds all my sweaty clothes.  In addition to my “regular items” the following things really had me thinking on why the hell I would have these in my gi bag.  In it I found: a […]