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Coming to America-Pri Bispo 1

Things don’t always turn out how we expect, but sometimes when life takes us on a detour, we end up finding just what we are looking for. Case in point: Pri Bispo and her family, who immigrated to America to seek out a better life. In her search for better […]


Overcoming All Odds -Tamara Spring-Water Benton 1

Life just isn’t fair and we have no control over the cards we are dealt.  However we do have control over how we play them and that is what determines the outcomes of our lives. We can either choose to go down a hard road or we can choose to […]


Don’t Be a Jiu Jitsu Hoarder-Mindy Poehl Yager

You think the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community is small, let’s go back 80 years and you’ll realize just how small it really was. If you trace all the lineages back you’ll find that it all started under one roof and with one family. At first there was one academy where […]


The Modern Day Wonder Woman-Jessica De La Garza 2

In this busy world we live in we can sometimes get lost in the chaos. We struggle with finding balance and keeping our heads above water. However among the chaos there is always a select few that manage to calmly juggle the world on their shoulders and never miss a […]


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 […]


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 […]


More Than a Clothing Company-É Nois Clothing

É Nois Clothing is more than a clothing company. Based in Los Angeles, California they are craftsmen who pride themselves on unique design, and creating their own pieces. But great product aside- they are truly working to making Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for the people. The campaign #BUYONEGIVEONE was the brainchild […]


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 […]


Creating Your Place in Jiu-Jitsu: Karen Miller Peterson 3

Many of us wear several hats. Karen Peterson is one of those women who wears them well. Black belt Karen Peterson has been training since 2004. She began training because she was bored with running and although she liked to workout and be fit, she get bored quickly working out on […]