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The Evolution of Female Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competitors 3

It was only 32 years ago, in 1985, that women were allowed to compete for the first time at the Rio de Janeiro federation thanks to Yvone Duarte, the first ever female black belt. Later in 1998, women’s divisions were added to tournaments at the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation, […]


Overcoming All Odds -Tamara Spring-Water Benton 1

Life just isn’t fair and we have no control over the cards we are dealt.  However we do have control over how we play them and that is what determines the outcomes of our lives. We can either choose to go down a hard road or we can choose to […]


You Can’t Beat Me-Natalie Whitson 4

What will the story of your life reveal? In the end can you honestly say that you lived life to the fullest and grew from your experiences? Throughout our lives we all take on many roles and live through many adventures. We all go through the natural evolution of life […]


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 […]


Keep Calm and Jiu Jitsu On-Aimee Olds

Do you avoid social interaction, live in your head and worry uncontrollably? Have you ever had a panic attack? Well you are not alone. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older which is just […]


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 […]


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 […]