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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 […]


Teaching: It’s All in the Timing

  If one of your BJJ goals is to become a great BJJ instructor, it can be hard to know where to start, much less how to improve. However, there’s one skill I learned as a classroom teacher that I’ve transferred to the mats, helping me feel at ease and […]


Lead By Example-Misty Shearer 1

With just under 100 years since its inception, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) has become the fastest growing martial art in recent time. With the accelerated growth the reach of BJJ  transcends all boundaries and stretches from one end of the earth to the other.  According to Canadian native and BJJ Black […]