strong women


Breaking Stereotypes and Redefining Gender Roles 1

When the Gracies’ 1st cultivated Brazilian Jiu Jitsu did they ever think it would reach as far as it has? The art can now be found in almost every country around the globe including  far off places like Kazikstan. Although Jiu jitsu wasn’t introduced in Kazakhstan until 2008, it is […]


10 things you should know about training while pregnant

Pregnancy and jiu jitsu; jiu jitsu while pregnant; it’s a topic I’ve seen many women discuss. Do I need to stop training? Will someone squish my baby? Will people still spar with me? I’m too fatigued to train. Will my crazy hormones make me snap at my partners or cry […]


Overcoming All Odds 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

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 […]