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Mindset is Not Just Changing Thoughts 1

As a clinical psychologist, I support the work people do to improve self-esteem, to better themselves, and to take responsibility for their mental health and life circumstances. However, there is a general flavor to the self-help industry—especially those that include martial arts and sports—that ignores the impact of systemic racism […]


Back to Training, But…

  There is comfort in the return to routine: the rash guard in my bag, the braids in my hair. There is joy in the dull ache in my arms and in the sweat dripping off of my face. There is joy in all of it, from fist bump to […]


How To Coach Adaptive Athletes 9

  For those of us in the Jiu Jitsu community, we have all by now seen that many layers which we have fallen in love with, one way or another.  We all have different sizes, backgrounds, lifestyles, and genders just to name a few.  There is also a group within […]


How BJJ Helped Me Find My Voice

At age 42 I found myself addicted to alcohol and I was ready to do whatever it took to get out of a disastrous downward spiral.  My first step was seeking counseling. My therapist said that I needed to do something to help me get my strength back. My first […]


From the Darkness to the Light 1

There are only few paths to follow for those that love Jiu Jitsu so much that they want to make a career of it. Among the most common are you either to teach or you transition to Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Although there are more opportunities as a Jiu Jitsu […]


Fighting The Battle of Her Life

Sometimes the day to day grind can wear us out and get us down. Our daily fight with traffic, a boss we don’t get along with, endless homework, peer pressure, strict teachers, annoying coworkers, not having enough money, mounting bills and the list goes on. Now imagine you are eleven […]


The Sacrifices v.s Rewards of Being A JiuJiteira

When I started jiu-jitsu, my goal was simply to be able to defend myself, but it quickly became much more.  My journey begins with the purchase of my first home.  I lived alone and thought it would be best to learn to defend myself.  I signed up for self-defense classes […]


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 […]