empowerment


Keep On Swimming

  From the shore at Oceanside Pier, the waves separating me from the course looked small, maybe 1-3 feet. Once in the water, though, the waves were well over my head. Once I passed the first set of breakers, I had to navigate through the second set without the advantage […]


‘Welcome home. It’s good to have you back.’ 8

I was gang raped at fifteen. I was a freshman in high school. My assailants did not serve time. No one believed me. I changed schools. I grew older. Life marched on. I moved to Seattle Washington at thirty. I was stalked by two different men while coming home from […]


Got The Post Competition Blues? 4

All those hours of training, preparing and all the sacrifices you made lead up to just a few minutes when your feet hit the mat, you slap hands and your match begins.  You walk into your match with uncertainty of the outcome. The buildup, the anticipation and then you lose. […]


The Pressure of Promotion 7

Recently, I received my fourth stripe for my white belt. Immediately after earning the stripe, I thought—oh my gosh, blue belt is next. Like anyone else, I would love to earn my blue belt, but I am also afraid of it. What if I’m not good enough? What if I […]


10 Things I Wished I Knew Before I Started BJJ 3

It wasn’t long into my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu journey that I realized this was gonna be a game changer for me.  Going in I had no idea what to expect, but what I found was more than I could have ever imagined. Even though I come from an athletic background […]


Advocating For The Underdog

Although we like to say that Jiu Jitsu is for everyone, is it really? Are we all really considered equals? And is Jiu Jitsu truly a place free of judgement or prejudice? Perhaps there isn’t one blanket answer for the entire Jiu Jitsu community. However, by just looking at the […]


10 things you should know about training while pregnant

Pregnancy and jiu jitsu; jiu jitsu while pregnant; it’s a topic I’ve seen many women discuss. Do I need to stop training? Will someone squish my baby? Will people still spar with me? I’m too fatigued to train. Will my crazy hormones make me snap at my partners or cry […]


Knowing When To Hold on, Let Go or Move on

One thing you learn early on in training is holding onto a grip too long can end you up in a worse place than where you started.  We’ve all been there in the early days of competition.  We are convinced if we just hold onto that sleeve grip of our […]


You Can Have it All 1

  There is an unfair standard in most societies where women are forced to choose between having a career and raising a family. But who says we have to give up one for the other. Can’t we have it all? Karen Antunes is here to say you can have it […]