10 Things You Should Know Before Competing at Your 1st IBJJF Tournament 2

So you’ve been doing local tournaments and you think you got it figured out? Guess again! Doing a small local tournament isn’t the same as when you step up and compete at your first IBJJF tournament.  Let’s face it, there is not bigger tournament circuit out there! Forget everything you’ve […]


The Desire That Led To A Movement

Nowadays there are many women and girls who are well known in the jiu jitsu industry. Women compete, they own their own academies, they are sponsored, they teach classes, they make a living doing jiu jitsu, etc. If you study jiu jitsu, you will see plenty of women in the […]


Confidence / 5 Ways Jiu Jitsu Surprised a Woman in a Restaurant 3

Recently, my daughter and I had an unpleasant confrontation with a man at a restaurant. He was clearly agitated before we ever got there. But when he made aggressive movement toward my daughter, here’s what happened and why jiu jitsu is so important for women to train: My daughter is […]


Break Outside of your Pretty Little Box

While the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community is undeniably diverse and broad-minded, we must also understand that, on an individual level, our culture, belief, and upbringing may be tested.  We are but fragments of the human race schema.  Celebration of our differences is not an attack against our own beliefs but […]


The Sacrifices v.s Rewards of Being A JiuJiteira

When I started jiu-jitsu, my goal was simply to be able to defend myself, but it quickly became much more.  My journey begins with the purchase of my first home.  I lived alone and thought it would be best to learn to defend myself.  I signed up for self-defense classes […]


It Was Never Going to Be About the Sparring…..

When I started jiu jitsu, I saw women’s cross training as a way to get better at competition (our bodies have a different center of gravity than guys, other women are less likely to “take it easy” on another woman, someone in the same weight class, etc).  I didn’t go […]


An Open Letter To Jiu Jitsu

Dear Jiu Jitsu, When we first met I never thought I’d like you. You just weren’t my type. You are dirty, you are smelly and just plain mean. To be honest, I thought you were only for dumb meatheads wanting to smash things or Martial Arts dorks who thought they […]


It’s My Party I’ll Cry If I Want To 1

My jiu jitsu has not been a bed of roses this year. In fact, it has pretty much sucked and I admit I have been in the depths of a raging pity party. This year it seems like it has been filled with injuries, health issues, losing my favorite training […]


Train Until Your Idols Become Your Competition

Coming up the ranks we all have a few black belts that stick out in our mind that we dream of becoming like. But when that day comes that a black belt is tied around your waist you are faced with the reality that you are now among the ranks […]