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How BJJ Helped Me Find My Voice

At age 42 I found myself addicted to alcohol and I was ready to do whatever it took to get out of a disastrous downward spiral.  My first step was seeking counseling. My therapist said that I needed to do something to help me get my strength back. My first […]


If You Build It They Will Come

The Southern California ladies of Jiu Jitsu had been begging Shawn Fowler of Five Grappling to organize an all-women’s tournament. He tried a few, but as much as the women said they wanted this opportunity, very few would actually sign up. Jiu Jitsu has grown rapidly in the state, and […]


The Woman Behind The Times

Jiu Jitsu Times has quickly become one of the top news sources in the Jiu Jitsu world. We read an article, watch a video, and catch up on the latest trends, but have you ever stopped to think about what makes this all possible? Averi Clements, the managing editor at […]


Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable 2

Like most practitioners, when I first tried Brazilian Jiu Jitsu I was instantly hooked. Although unlike many, I wanted to begin live rolling right away, as in my first ever class, right away. I saw it as an integral part of the training process and was eager to delve right […]


A Jiu Jitsu Fairy Tale 1

There are just some people in this world that are destined for greatness and Maggie Grindatti is definitely one of them.  Her rise to fame in the the Jiu Jitsu world has been both fast and furious. She has torn thru one tournament after another collecting gold medals all along the […]


Navigating Compliments in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 1

Compliments can be a minefield to navigate in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.  What is said, what is meant, and what is perceived can all be very different things. Context is very important. The relationship you have with that training partner too. Here is an easy solution and some general hints to help […]


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 […]