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Where There Is A Will, There Is A Way

    Earning a purple belt in jiu jitsu takes plenty of time and dedication. Imagine the commitment it would take to become a medical doctor, a purple belt, a professional MMA fighter, and a musician. . . all before the age of 30! Allow me to introduce you to […]


Your Journey Is Valid 2

  It is easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing. Someone at your academy receives a stripe faster than you did. You go to a tournament and your competitor from last year is a completely new rank. It’s easy to put a time period to a […]


Nerves: A Gift Or Curse?

  The only thing I remember from my first competition is the referee saying, “Combate” (fight) and everything in my mind freezing – with everything I’d learned trapped within that ice. Nearly every competition since then has featured a struggle with that nervousness-induced ice.  It wasn’t until I started to […]


Is Your Weight Cut Is Headed Into The Danger Zone?

  Many competitive Jiujiteira view weight cutting as a necessary evil of the sport. I used to cut weight before every competition, even the local ones where there weren’t enough female competitors to create weight classes.  The first time I talked to my coach about cutting weight I thought, “Maybe […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 Story Behind The Smile

It’s a calm, dark morning in Seattle. My cup of tea brews as a lazy yawn escapes me. Six a.m. My cats bogards the warm spot where I once laid as duty evicts me from precious sleep. I climb downstairs and with ham fist sluggishness, boot up my computer. Michelle […]


Meet the host of Girls in Gis Colorado Denver: Amy Fidelis,Mary Hatcliff, Kim Allen and Julie Hoponick

Girls in Gis Colorado is set to host it’s next event in Denver at Easton Training Center. The place where it all started! We are honored to have four amazing hosts representing Easton Training Center. Black belt Julie Hoponick and purple belts Amy Fidelis,Mary Hatcliff and Kim Allen will be our guest […]