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The Value of Learning To Defend Yourself

Brazilian jiu jitsu (hereafter bjj) has become a wildly popular and fun, competitive sport. While the origins of Jiu Jitsu date back to Japan centuries ago, its integration and evolution have drastically changed to what it is today. While it may be a male-dominated sport, there’s several reasons to suggest […]


Breaking Barriers: An Interview with Yvone Duarte

If you are part of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community, it is most likely that you have heard the name Yvone Duarte. Yvone made history in 1990 as the first female to earn a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt. In 2021, after training for 43 years and being a black belt […]


Imposter Syndrome

Well, you did it! You put your hand to the plow and didn’t look back. You got your ribs popped and your knuckles swollen, and you survived. You passed the tests, calmed your nerves, and although you’re exhausted, you earned your new belt!.  If you are like me, the first […]


Training While Chronically Ill 2

Training with a chronic illness can be a challenge, a challenge I am familiar with. I live with two chronic illnesses — endometriosis and Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS).  Both of these illnesses make training BJJ hard at times. Neither of them are curable. There are treatments that make both […]


How Cross-Training Changed My Athletic Performance 1

When I was training BJJ, Muay Thai, and also boxing competitively, I never felt like there was time for cross-training. I was already at the gym six days a week. How could I possibly fit another workout into my day? My time as a competitive jiujiteira, Muay Thai fighter, and […]


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 […]


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 […]