empowerment


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 […]


Ain’t Nuttin but a GIG OG Thang-Belinda Bueno Serrano

The Girls in Gis (GIG) as we know now is the same Girls in Gis that the OG’s like Belinda Bueno Serrano knew then, except she’s  (Girls in Gis) all grown up now. Belinda is one of the original women who has been a part of the GIG movement since […]


Creating Your Place in Jiu-Jitsu: Karen Miller Peterson 3

Many of us wear several hats. Karen Peterson is one of those women who wears them well. Black belt Karen Peterson has been training since 2004. She began training because she was bored with running and although she liked to workout and be fit, she get bored quickly working out on […]


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 3

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 […]


Never Apologize For Who You Are: Hillary Van Ornum 2

When we first embark upon the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu journey, we typically do it for our family, our friends, or ourselves.  As women and nurturers, though, it changes somewhere along the way.  We still do it for ourselves but we also see the bigger picture.  We see how the camaraderie […]