10 Things I Wished I Knew Before I Started BJJ 3

It wasn’t long into my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu journey that I realized this was gonna be a game changer for me.  Going in I had no idea what to expect, but what I found was more than I could have ever imagined. Even though I come from an athletic background […]


Advocating For The Underdog

Although we like to say that Jiu Jitsu is for everyone, is it really? Are we all really considered equals? And is Jiu Jitsu truly a place free of judgement or prejudice? Perhaps there isn’t one blanket answer for the entire Jiu Jitsu community. However, by just looking at the […]


Women to Watch: 2019 IBJJF European Jiu Jitsu Championships 1

With Europeans just around the corner, there are ton of amazing female competitors to watch. There is an exciting surge of female black belts registered, both veterans and new. In addition, this year boasts many stand out stars climbing the ranks. Here are few to keep an eye out for: […]


Ages Is Just A Number 1

  More and more women are entering Brazilian Jiu Jitsu than ever before, and many are proving that age really is just a number. Most recently Nair Mota de Oliveira of Aracaju-Sergipe, Brazil went viral when she became the Brazilian Nationals Master 7 Champion and earned her black belt from the […]


Be Grateful and Enjoy the Fight

All of us have a fighter within and once you get that 1st taste of the fight it is inevitable a part of you for the rest of your life. However, not always is your fight in a cage or on the mats. Life has many battle fields and sometimes […]


The Power of Healing 1

It was a warm summer day in Lakewood Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. I pulled up to the Transform Headquarters for a Sunday yoga session. Despite my mad dash to get out the hotel room door, surprisingly I was early.  I sat in the rental car for a few minutes, […]


Got The Black and Blues

One of the caveats of training in a martial art is looking like you train in a martial art. I’m not saying everyone who trains will get a black eye, but it’s not surprising if you do. Especially when you start rolling, bruises are common and can be almost comical […]


Your Jiu Jitsu and its SO: Mobility

If you do Jiu Jitsu, (which if you’re reading this, you probably do) then you know how awkward Jiu Jitsu can be: failed takedowns, back takes, inverted guard, etc., plus all of the submissions you get put in where you’re twisted around yourself or your opponent that leave you feeling […]


Breaking Stereotypes and Redefining Gender Roles 1

When the Gracies’ 1st cultivated Brazilian Jiu Jitsu did they ever think it would reach as far as it has? The art can now be found in almost every country around the globe including  far off places like Kazikstan. Although Jiu jitsu wasn’t introduced in Kazakhstan until 2008, it is […]


There Are No Limits

Each female on this jiu jitsu journey will have their own personal “firsts” that feel life changing. Your first class, your first stripe, your first competition, your first belt promotion are all major milestones. Professor Gina Franssen’s big milestone, promotion to black belt, also made her Minnesota’s first female Brazilian […]