self defense


Training With Your Significant Other

  Not everyone has trouble training with their significant other and that’s wonderful.  I’m genuinely happy for them. I am not one of them.  I am one of those, that no matter who wins or loses the match, or who is drilling the move while the other is the dummy, […]


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 […]


The Betty Behind The Sweaty Betties

In 2008 in San Francisco, Mollii Khangsengsing was a white belt on the verge of quitting. Not only was training jiu-jitsu physically grueling—she was one of two women at her gym and the smallest student, by far, at 4-feet 11-inches and 93 pounds—it had also begun impacting her psychological well-being […]


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 […]


Three Tips On How to Set and Keep New Years Resolutions

It’s that time of year again! The time of flocking to gyms, starting a martial art, and downloading macro tracking apps. Yet as exciting as New Year’s resolutions can be, they’re also scary, because about 80% of people don’t complete NY resolutions. And after meeting your goal, you have to […]


Excuses Are Like… 1

Its Monday. I am in the midst of a late afternoon slump. I am tired, unmotivated and not looking forward to going to the gym. My gym in almost an hour drive each way. There was not definitely NOT enough weekend to my weekend. I am constantly on the go […]


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, […]


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 […]