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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Jiu Jitsu Therapy-Laura Heiman Martins

Many turn to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for the physical benefits, but what we don’t discuss openly is the benefits it has for helping those with mental health ailments.  Up until now the fight has been fought alone silently. But thanks to movements like Submit the Stigma, headed by Erin Herle, […]


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 […]


Finding Strength in Solidarity-Jessica Dobbs

Even in this big world we live in it is easy to feel alone in our struggles. The challenges of life can often cripple us, make us frustrated and sad. Reaching out and finding others that have or are going through the same experience won’t take away the pain, but […]


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. […]


When The Teacher Becomes The Student-Monica Champagne

The road toward excellence and proficiency in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) isn’t paved. There is no clear cut path that you must follow. The path zigs and zags. Sometimes you may feel lost and want to give up. Then there are times you can’t imagine life before BJJ. Sometimes it […]


Finding a Healthier Lifestyle-Jessica Guedry

We are all unique and special in our own ways. We come in all shapes, sizes and colors. However, sometimes these differences can create challenges for us if we don’t fit the mold of society. Learning to love and accept ourselves for who we are is a life long struggle […]


The Mental Art of Jiu Jitsu

The gentle art of Jiu Jitsu takes more than a physical toll on its practitioners.  The mental aspect of training, and competing is one that athletes are constantly trying to overcome.  One such practitioner is Australian- Tina West of Fortitude Wellbeing.  She is a blue belt under David Marinakis and […]