Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 101 2

  Wondering what Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is all about? Curious to give it a try, but know next to nothing about it? Don’t panic. We all start somewhere! This article will give you a tiny peek into the world of Jiu Jitsu and why so many women are growing to […]


Returning to Exercise After a Hysterectomy 2

  A few months ago, I got a total hysterectomy at the age of 33. It’s a radical procedure, especially for someone my age. However, it’s a fairly common procedure because so many women suffer from chronic reproductive conditions. According to the National Women’s Health Network, about 600,000 hysterectomies are […]


Better Than The Olympics

  Marina Drašković began training judo at the age of 9 years old in 1994. Her love for the sport and unwavering tenacity brought her mat side with national teams at an Olympic level of training. She traveled to countries like Japan to train and compete in the sport she […]


Doomed to Repeat It

  We all know the cliche. Those who do not learn from the past… So in that vein, here are two scenarios I was totally clueless about when I was less experienced, and the lessons I have learned from them.  It was not about me. Here’s a shocker. The big […]


Shark Tank Diary

  I have a little journal that surfs around my gym bag. I’m a messy, inconsistent person, so I don’t always write in it, but in the weeks leading up to my blue belt test, (aside from techniques I was trying to make pretty,) I wrote down some in-the-moment feelings […]


4 Strategies for Dropping Weight Safely

    Have you ever decided to sign up for a competition and selected that lower weight bracket because surely you’ll be able to cut that weight in time…only to be 1-2 weeks out with a ways still to go? Then that moment of panic sinks in and you start […]


Not Your Competition

  It all began with the new girl. She showed up a few months into my BJJ journey, slightly bigger than me and somehow already wearing a matching set of colorful rashguard and spats. I pictured myself patiently teaching her the one move I had learned, giggling at how awkward […]


Transforming Pain into Passion and Purpose

  For many Jiu Jitsu is a sanctuary to escape the trials and tribulations of our day to day lives. It is a place for us to put our worries and stresses on hold. For Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt Elena Stowell it became a pathway through grief after unexpectedly […]


5 Quirks of Jiu Jitsu A Female Grappler Will Encounter

  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is growing in popularity, and for good reason. The self-defense, health benefits, and friendships formed on the mats— the list of benefits could go on and on! While this sport has been male-dominated for quite some time, women are finding their ways to the mats in […]


What To Do When You Just Don’t Want To Do It Anymore

  We all know there are certain things that are good for us: getting the proper amount of sleep, eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, training jiu jitsu. But what do you do when you just don’t want to do it anymore? Did you know that by February, nearly 80% […]