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BJJ: Competition, Attitude, and Insecurities

BJJ: Competition, Attitude, and Insecurities

I have decided I will compete. My instructor bullied me into it. Here was our conversation: Jiu Jiu’s note: I showed Diego the picture to make sure he was okay with me posting it. He responded by saying: The point is not that competition just makes you improve; it’s that it makes you improve fast. It […]

BJJ: Are You a Ron Weasley? Also, Tournament Results!

BJJ: Are You a Ron Weasley? Also, Tournament Results!

Remember in the Harry Potter movies how Hermione would study really hard, then get great grades, then review the test questions, beat herself up over the one wrong answer? That’s my friend Amanda. She prepped so hard for the US Grappling tournament in Raleigh, then right after she won her matches, she would immediately review […]

Grapplemania, July 26, 2014, Raleigh, NC

Grapplemania, July 26, 2014, Raleigh, NC

I’M DOING GRAPPLEMANIA THIS MONTH IN NORTH CAROLINA! I’m registering for this! I’m still waiting for my credit card to arrive so I can officially do it, but dang it, I will be there! I’m going to be registering for both gi and nogi. I’m terribly excited about it. I’m also not expecting to do […]

BJJ Women: Rectifying the “Gentle Art” with Competition

BJJ Women: Rectifying the “Gentle Art” with Competition

Today’s article is a guest post by Chelsea Bainbridge-Donner, the woman behind of one of my favorite Jiu Jitsu blogs, leaahh.com. Jiu Jiu invited me to write a post, and I’ve been really wishy-washy about what I want to write about– which means it just hasn’t gotten done.  But she gave me some things that […]

BJJ: Photos from JiuJiu’s Nogi match

BJJ: Photos from JiuJiu’s Nogi match

Here are GORGEOUS photos from my match at the 5th Korea Open Jiu Jitsu Tournament. Photos by Song Kwang-Bin, publisher of blackbelt.kr, who kindly sent them to me. THANK YOU Mr Song! I love them. It takes my 1:15 match and shows exactly what happened. I don’t have amazing pictures from the gi match, but […]

BJJ: My experience at the 5th Korea Open Jiu Jitsu Tournament

BJJ: My experience at the 5th Korea Open Jiu Jitsu Tournament

I am thrilled I was able to participate in the 5th Korea Open Jiu Jitsu Tournament. I originally contacted the tournament organizer and asked if I could be notified if women signed up. I told him I would love to enter ANY and ALL brackets where I would have an opponent. The registration deadline was […]

BJJ Competition: Should I compete later due to Reasons?

BJJ Competition: Should I compete later due to Reasons?

This guest post is from DirtyRancher, my favorite poster on Jiu Jitsu Forums. He’s part “Old Man,” part brown belt, part competitor, all awesome. He has rock solid competition advice. With his permission, I put together a series of some of his best competition advice, starting with “I’m Afraid I’ll Get Hurt.” These were responses to specific questions, so […]

BJJ Competition: I’m afraid I’ll get hurt

BJJ Competition: I’m afraid I’ll get hurt

This guest post is from DirtyRancher, my favorite poster on Jiu Jitsu Forums. He’s part “Old Man,” part brown belt, part competitor, all awesome. He has rock solid competition advice. With his permission, I’ve put together a series of some of his best competition advice. This one is from “Is Competition for Everyone?“   I love competing, […]