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BJJ: Reflections on 5 years in Jiu-Jitsu

BJJ: Reflections on 5 years in Jiu-Jitsu

This summer I hit my 5-year BJJ anniversary. Hitting five years into something is a lot different than a 1-year anniversary, in that there is more to reflect on. Things I am proud of: 1. My coach believes in me. He had enough faith in me that he let me start teaching beginners! How cool […]

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 […]

Women in BJJ Guest Post: I’m Not Sorry

Women in BJJ Guest Post: I’m Not Sorry

Moderator’s note: I am on vacation in America for the summer. I’ll be in Washington until July 7, and then I’ll be in Virginia! While this article is not specifically about jiu jitsu, after I read it I immediately saw the implications for women in jiu jitsu. How many new women have apologized for having […]

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 […]