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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 […]


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, […]


Girls in Gis New York Special Event

On October 23, 2016 Girls in Gis (GIG) took a much anticipated bite out of the Big Apple hosting its first event on the east coast. In just 28 hours after opening registration, the event sold out at a record rate filling to capacity with a waiting list of 88. […]


Building People Up-Jen Russell

There are people in this world that are born to lead and those that are meant to follow. Not everyone is meant to lead and we need followers as much as we need strong leaders. After all a chief is only as strong as their tribe. There is something deep […]