Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable 2

Like most practitioners, when I first tried Brazilian Jiu Jitsu I was instantly hooked. Although unlike many, I wanted to begin live rolling right away, as in my first ever class, right away. I saw it as an integral part of the training process and was eager to delve right […]


A Jiu Jitsu Fairy Tale 1

There are just some people in this world that are destined for greatness and Maggie Grindatti is definitely one of them.  Her rise to fame in the the Jiu Jitsu world has been both fast and furious. She has torn thru one tournament after another collecting gold medals all along the […]


A Leap Of Faith

Nikki Sullivan may be a down to earth lady, but she sure does enjoy turning herself upside down. This professional jiujiteira is known for her wicked inverted guard. She’ll use it to block, sweep and submit her opponents with impressive results. On January 2nd, 2019, Nikki earned her black belt […]


Who is Paulinda?

We’ve all heard the name(s) before: Paulinda, Pauline, Gabby, Maggie, Laura, Ashley, and a host of others aliases.  They have harassed dojos and academies across the globe.  We rush to post about her as if we have FINALLY “made” it.  It is as if your gym is not on the […]


Three Tips On How to Set and Keep New Years Resolutions

It’s that time of year again! The time of flocking to gyms, starting a martial art, and downloading macro tracking apps. Yet as exciting as New Year’s resolutions can be, they’re also scary, because about 80% of people don’t complete NY resolutions. And after meeting your goal, you have to […]


Navigating Compliments in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 1

Compliments can be a minefield to navigate in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.  What is said, what is meant, and what is perceived can all be very different things. Context is very important. The relationship you have with that training partner too. Here is an easy solution and some general hints to help […]


Can’t Stop Won’t Stop

For most of us just getting the motivation to go hit the gym is a struggle, but then there is Crys Davis. Crys trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Luta Livre, Muay Thai and Krav Maga, but with one main difference—she trains in a wheelchair. Crys has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a rare […]


Excuses Are Like… 1

Its Monday. I am in the midst of a late afternoon slump. I am tired, unmotivated and not looking forward to going to the gym. My gym in almost an hour drive each way. There was not definitely NOT enough weekend to my weekend. I am constantly on the go […]


Take A Break

  I had been training for a solid 8 months, an average of 3 times a week. I trained through going to college 1 ½ hours away, through classwork and writing, through raising a son and tending to my husband. Usually the mats were a release for me, but at […]


Tips to Training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu While Pregnant 2

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) isn’t “easy” to begin with; and now, I’m adding being pregnant to the mix. People have asked me “why didn’t you just stop doing BJJ?” As a 20-week, pregnant Blue Belt, there have been many times where I haven’t made it to class. But with a strategy, […]