How to Coach Sexual Assault Survivors 1

  Look around your BJJ class. One or more of your students could be a sexual assault survivor. About twenty percent of women, five percent of men, and nearly fifty percent of trans or non-binary folks are sexually assaulted at some point. In this article, I use “she” as a […]


How BJJ Helped Me Find My Voice

At age 42 I found myself addicted to alcohol and I was ready to do whatever it took to get out of a disastrous downward spiral.  My first step was seeking counseling. My therapist said that I needed to do something to help me get my strength back. My first […]


6 Tips to Improve Your Jiu Jitsu Game 1

  Tip #1: Always focus on the very next step of the technique, then build on that. I often see that jiu jitsu athletes get ahead of themselves when training. For example, when someone mounts you, instead of focusing on the fundamentals of blocking the hip, then trapping the leg […]


Bald Strong Mona 2

  As if the pressures of being a teenager aren’t enough, imagine you also have a medical condition that makes you lose all your hair. While most teenage girls would struggle with their identity in these situations, Mona has thrived.  Mona is a 15 year old jiu-jitsu competitor with alopecia,an […]


Tips to Surviving Without Jiu Jitsu During Quarantine

COVID-19 is here, and we’re all trapped inside.   Almost all BJJ events have been canceled or postponed (ours included), and most schools have shut down.  We’re all in this boat together. So here are some tips on how to mentally get through this. Exercise, staying connected, BJJ videos, and other […]


Training With Your Significant Other

  Not everyone has trouble training with their significant other and that’s wonderful.  I’m genuinely happy for them. I am not one of them.  I am one of those, that no matter who wins or loses the match, or who is drilling the move while the other is the dummy, […]


From Wheelchair to World Champ

Sometimes in life you meet someone with such passion and determination that it inevitably ignites something within you, Maisie Thompson is one of those people. Maisie grew up involved in sports – primarily soccer and basketball – and was always very active. Born with a profound sense of adventure, she […]


If You Build It They Will Come

The Southern California ladies of Jiu Jitsu had been begging Shawn Fowler of Five Grappling to organize an all-women’s tournament. He tried a few, but as much as the women said they wanted this opportunity, very few would actually sign up. Jiu Jitsu has grown rapidly in the state, and […]


Have Gi, Will Travel: Puerto Rico 1

It’s a warm, muggy Friday night in Old San Juan. Beautiful, curvy women tug their primped boyfriends through the cobblestone streets. The air holds pulsing rhythms of hypnotic salsa and…Taylor Swift. Not quite tropical, not quite American but in a league of its own, this is Puerto Rico. Retired Gringo […]


She’s Totally Boss 1

  Do you want to increase energy, become stronger, sleep better, decrease muscle soreness, and improve your jiu jitsu performance? Enter Natalie Boss. . . . She helps athletes improve their mental and physical performance. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Holistic Health Coach, Performance Coach, and a Breathwork facilitator. […]