martial arts


Tips To Improve Women’s Expriences In Your Gym 1

  I believe most coaches and gym owners want women (and all students) to feel comfortable and safe when training. It’s important to set a tone in your gym. How do you know if your gym is both safe for and accepting of women? How can you retain female students?  […]


What is Essential?

    ESSENTIAL [ uh–sen-shuhl ]adj of the utmost importance;  necessary;  basic; indispensable, necessary. This word is undeniably a key buzzword associated with the current pandemic. What exactly is essential?  Supermarkets? Gyms? Liquor stores? In New York State, several gyms,such as  fitness centers and martial arts studios, have recently joined […]


Is Your Weight Cut Is Headed Into The Danger Zone?

  Many competitive Jiujiteira view weight cutting as a necessary evil of the sport. I used to cut weight before every competition, even the local ones where there weren’t enough female competitors to create weight classes.  The first time I talked to my coach about cutting weight I thought, “Maybe […]


Preparing Your BJJ Comeback

As different areas begin reopening, returning to BJJ is on the forefront of every practitioner’s mind. However, as eager as we all are to get back on the mats, remember that going back to training now after several months of lockdown will not be the same as returning after missing […]


Finding Strength in Trauma 1

    Only a small percentage of people understand what it is we do, this sport called Jiu Jitsu. Very few get it for what it really is; many others portray it as violent or find it invasive. I’ll admit it I too saw it this way, but now it […]


Creating A Safe Space

  We all want our training partners to feel comfortable and safe entering our gyms: I am writing this essay under that assumption.  I have been a BJJ practitioner of 7 years. I also manage my gym so I am often considering the culture of our gym and crew, how […]


Lessons in Lockdown

  To say that lockdown hasn’t been easy would be a severe understatement.  Even as some communities have begun to reopen, one of the hardest parts continues to be the isolation, particularly from the practice and community of BJJ. For me, not having BJJ as an outlet and as an […]


Be Furious and Notice the Sunshine

  Remember a few months ago when you were complaining about that dude at the gym who kept smashing you? How many of us are now thinking, wow, I wish I had appreciated super smashy dudes while I still had the ability to go to class. I wish I had […]


How to Come Back Stronger 3

Imagine that you’re seriously injured and can’t do what you love–jiu jitsu– for at least six months.  You wonder how you’ll get through those long months of not training.  You finally get back on the mats and then bam.  Covid-19 closes the gym for the foreseeable future.  It happened to […]