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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 […]


The Sooner You Start Failing the Sooner You Start Succeeding-Daynin Dashefsky 1

We idolize those in the is world that have achieved what we describe as success and strive to become them. However rarely do we hear about the failures that led to the success we see today.  The road to success is never easy and the sooner you start to fail, […]


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 […]


Accepting Failure-Susie Lynn

In Western society we are taught that failure isn’t an option. Often times our value is measured by the level of our success. We must succeed at everything we do and accept nothing less. The pressure to succeed can often times be catastrophic. In cultures like Japan where failure is […]


Taking Back Her Power-Anna Snyder

The effects of bullying is not something that can be outgrown.The abuse and torment can cause deep rooted issues leaving scars that carry over to adulthood. Learning to build confidence and self esteem are two of the biggest bully deterrents. But easier said than done, right? The trick to learning […]


Girls in Gis Louisiana Chapter Grand Opening Recap and Photos

November 5, 2016 , our 2nd event in Louisiana, marked the official opening of our first charter in the Gulf South.  This is a big step for GIG as we continue to expand across the country bringing the females of the mats together.  The event featured four hosts representing schools […]


Jiu-Jitsu Keeps Me Balanced-Jessica Webb

In this busy world we live in it is hard to find balance sometimes. Between work, family and the day to day humdrum of our lives we often find that we are “too busy” to take care of ourselves. We become off balance that that is when disaster can strike. […]


Breaking the Cycle with Jiu-Jitsu: Beth Thrasher

The women of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are known to create a community of encouragement for one another. Beth Thrasher of Jackson, Mississippi a purple belt under Joe Savion has taken it a step further. Wingfield High School is home to Vector Jiu Jitsu, the passion project of Beth and her […]


Never Apologize For Who You Are: Hillary Van Ornum 2

When we first embark upon the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu journey, we typically do it for our family, our friends, or ourselves.  As women and nurturers, though, it changes somewhere along the way.  We still do it for ourselves but we also see the bigger picture.  We see how the camaraderie […]