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BJJ Women: When is it NOT okay for girls to wrestle with boys?

BJJ Women: When is it NOT okay for girls to wrestle with boys?

Answer: When you are a 17 year-old girl in Philadelphia at a Catholic high school. I subscribe to google alerts for “jiu jitsu” and “bjj” which is how the story of Amanda Leve was brought to my attention. The headline was “Ryan girl deserves chance to wrestle.” Amanda is a 17 year-old girl involved in […]

BJJ and Women: Suck It Up

BJJ and Women: Suck It Up

Since starting jiu jitsu, between forums, this blog, and emails, I’ve received several messages that told me to “deal with it” with varying degrees of kindness. Sometimes it’s rudely in response to discussions about male privilege in BJJ, sometimes it’s about gendered comments, sometimes it’s kindly in response to discussions about what women should or […]

BJJ articles worth reading: Maldonado & Schultz Acquitted – what happened

BJJ articles worth reading: Maldonado & Schultz Acquitted – what happened

Maldonado and Schultz Acquitted in New Year’s Eve Rape Case: What Happened Here? Warning: Rape triggers Thank you Reddit, for pointing me to this article. It is all about the Maldonado and Schultz case. Most of my information on this had been through Georgette, and this was another take on it, also rounding up info from […]

21 BJJ Improvements: 21 The Value of Trying

21 BJJ Improvements: 21 The Value of Trying

Part 21 of 21 improvements BJJ has had on my life. I AM FINALLY FINISHED! Blogging challenged DONE! This series was inspired by Tangled Triangle: 21 Days of Improvement. You can read my Part 20 here! 21/21 Improvements from BJJ:  The Value of Trying For me, it’s the stick-to-it-ness that I value. It’s the weekly consistency. It’s the […]

21 BJJ Improvements: 15 Being Clear

21 BJJ Improvements: 15 Being Clear

Part 15 of 21 improvements BJJ has had on my life. This series was inspired by Tangled Triangle: 21 Days of Improvement. You can read my Part 14 here! 15/21 Improvements from BJJ:  Being Clear I did teacher training for 5 years, and within those 5 years, giving clear instructions was one of the hardest things to learn […]