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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 […]


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, […]


Girls in Gis New York Special Event

On October 23, 2016 Girls in Gis (GIG) took a much anticipated bite out of the Big Apple hosting its first event on the east coast. In just 28 hours after opening registration, the event sold out at a record rate filling to capacity with a waiting list of 88. […]


Girls in Gis Louisiana Chapter Grand Opening Recap and Photos

November 5, 2016 , our 2nd event in Louisiana, marked the official opening of our first charter in the Gulf South.  This is a big step for GIG as we continue to expand across the country bringing the females of the mats together.  The event featured four hosts representing schools […]