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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 […]


Meet the host of Girls in Gis Texas Farmers Branch-Desarai Meyer

  Desarai Meyer, Des or Desi as her friends call her grew up throughout the Midwest and East coast in places like Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Oklahoma, and she currently resides in Texas. When Desi isn’t on the mats, she works as an administrative assistant for a surgical center or you will […]


Love the person I’ve become because I fought to become her 4

The Olympic Games really had me thinking about a variety of things this year. I have always wanted to be in the Olympics.  I love to swim, but I am no Michael Phelps. In high school when we did our gymnastic portion of P.E. my teacher told me that I […]


The History of the Shaka and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Although all  Martial Arts have traditions, have a legacy and have a rich history, no two Martial Arts are alike. There are many aspects of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) that separate it from the rest.  Could it be the fact that it is the most effective martial art when it comes […]


Breaking the Cycle with Jiu-Jitsu: Beth Thrasher

The women of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are known to create a community of encouragement for one another. Beth Thrasher of Jackson, Mississippi a purple belt under Joe Savion has taken it a step further. Wingfield High School is home to Vector Jiu Jitsu, the passion project of Beth and her […]