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Don’t Be a Jiu Jitsu Hoarder-Mindy Poehl Yager

You think the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community is small, let’s go back 80 years and you’ll realize just how small it really was. If you trace all the lineages back you’ll find that it all started under one roof and with one family. At first there was one academy where […]


The Modern Day Wonder Woman-Jessica De La Garza 2

In this busy world we live in we can sometimes get lost in the chaos. We struggle with finding balance and keeping our heads above water. However among the chaos there is always a select few that manage to calmly juggle the world on their shoulders and never miss a […]


Kristina Barlaan: Underneath the Gi 1

If you don’t know Professor Kristina Barlaan, allow me to introduce you. Quick BJJ stats: she is a decorated world champion, a Caio Terra black belt, and Jiu-Jitsu instructor who travels tirelessly 2 hours per day in traffic to teach her classes and run Inspire: All Female Open Mats. But […]


The Sooner You Start Failing the Sooner You Start Succeeding-Daynin Dashefsky 1

We idolize those in the is world that have achieved what we describe as success and strive to become them. However rarely do we hear about the failures that led to the success we see today.  The road to success is never easy and the sooner you start to fail, […]


Good Vibes and Happy Smiles-Stephanie Cantu

When we open our minds and our hearts it will lead  us on adventures that allow us to have experiences that can sometimes change us. We can learn things about ourselves and others. It can alter who we are, our values and make us reexamine our priorities. Allowing ourselves to […]


More Than a Clothing Company-É Nois Clothing

É Nois Clothing is more than a clothing company. Based in Los Angeles, California they are craftsmen who pride themselves on unique design, and creating their own pieces. But great product aside- they are truly working to making Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for the people. The campaign #BUYONEGIVEONE was the brainchild […]


Being Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable-Sebe Michael

Life is filled with many unavoidable uncomfortable situations. All we can do is hope for the best and prepare for the worst. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a powerful tool that teaches us skills to prepare for the worst case possible. Often times in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu we find ourselves in the most uncomfortable situations […]


Accepting Failure-Susie Lynn

In Western society we are taught that failure isn’t an option. Often times our value is measured by the level of our success. We must succeed at everything we do and accept nothing less. The pressure to succeed can often times be catastrophic. In cultures like Japan where failure is […]


Jiu Jitsu Therapy-Laura Heiman Martins

Many turn to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for the physical benefits, but what we don’t discuss openly is the benefits it has for helping those with mental health ailments.  Up until now the fight has been fought alone silently. But thanks to movements like Submit the Stigma, headed by Erin Herle, […]