martial arts


Take A Break

  I had been training for a solid 8 months, an average of 3 times a week. I trained through going to college 1 ½ hours away, through classwork and writing, through raising a son and tending to my husband. Usually the mats were a release for me, but at […]


Tips to Training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu While Pregnant 2

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) isn’t “easy” to begin with; and now, I’m adding being pregnant to the mix. People have asked me “why didn’t you just stop doing BJJ?” As a 20-week, pregnant Blue Belt, there have been many times where I haven’t made it to class. But with a strategy, […]


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 […]


The Last Belt

If you ask most people what their BJJ goals are not everyone will say that they want to be a world champion…but damn near most of them will say they want to get their black belts. But is there really anything special about getting your black belt?  Do we put […]


Never Lose Sight Of What Really Matters 2

  Every time Michele Colon pulls out her black belt from her bag, she can’t believe it is hers. Michele had an unorthodox journey to earning her black belt, a feat she accomplished under Marcio Santos and Carlos Machado in February 2018. Michele began her Jiu Jitsu journey in 2002 […]


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 […]


5 ways you can support Women’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 1

The women’s movement in Jiu Jitsu has grown tremendously. We’ve gone from having “a women’s division” to having close to the same divisions as men when it comes to belt, weight and age. There are more and more women’s organizations offering open mats, seminars and camps. More and more academies […]


The Juggling Act

Approximately 20 years ago, I went after my now husband when we were undergraduates. My first impression of him was that he was cute and sweet. He was generally clueless to my crush on him, but after persisting, he came around. We have been together since then, and have been […]


How To Be Your Own Coach

In any sport having a phenomenal instructors and coaches can make all the difference. An athlete with just raw talent can only get so far without guidance. Having someone that believes in you can shape the course of your entire life.  A strong support system builds confidence and will create […]