As a high-level competitor in BJJ you learn to take your losses along with the wins. Only 50% of the athletes that step onto the competition mats come out with a win; with this comes celebration or disappointment. But you take the losses to your benefit and learn from your mistakes or shortcomings. This past…

Injuries due to sports and from every day life can be inevitable yet utterly taxing to a person’s physical and mental health. We as people have defining characteristics and activities of daily living that help make up who we are and ultimately, who we want to become. Minor setbacks can feel like an eternity when…

A small girl’s perspective on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu As my tiny feet hardly sunk into the zebra mats for my first afternoon intermediate class, I gazed around the room at all the upper belt males each being at least over 170lbs and pondered how I would make it through this hour and a half class.…

As we all know… in BJJ there is a whole lot of discussion about weight and diet,  mostly due to making weight for a tournament. However, even non-competitors get plateaus in their dieting regime.   Dieting is never fun and when you don’t have something holding yourself accountable such as a goal weight for a…

As a brown belt now, in no particular order, here are ten things I wish I could tell myself before I started BJJ. BJJ is addictive! Especially when you pick the right academy, you’ll find yourself getting to jiu jitsu 20 minutes early to get dressed (aka social hour in the locker room), then training…