Category Archives: BJJ

Why Competition Matters

It was still dark when my teammates and I converged at Caio Terra Academy Madison. There was an air of nervous excitement as we wiped the sleep from our eyes and loaded our gear into vehicles. The chatter on the … Continue reading

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Attitude is Everything

It was the end of a rewarding class. We were lined up in order of rank after an evening of learning, drilling, and rolling. As was the custom, we all awaited the instructor’s closing remarks. These words were interrupted by … Continue reading

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Never Too Old to Train Jiu Jitsu

I sat across from him, nervously clutching my cup of coffee, hoping the first date wouldn’t be too incredibly awkward. When he turned to the side to adjust his chair, I got my hopes up. Cauliflower ears. “He must be … Continue reading

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My Life in Tattoos

I recently received Tools of Titans as a gift from a friend. This book is a compilation of the great thoughts, habits, and ideas of successful people. Each person’s chapter is accompanied by a thumbnail of their spirit animal. While there is … Continue reading

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Be a Lady — No Acting Required

Going to the gym is the equivalent of engaging in a sociological study. Today, my lens was gender. I glanced around the changing room and cringed at the curling irons, make up, hair spray, and accessories. Women were in many … Continue reading

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Never Again “Just a Girl” (Why I train Jiu Jitsu)

I stepped off the mats on Friday night with a grin on my face and my head held high. I paused in surprise as I passed the locker room mirror. The person looking back at me had an unfamiliar glow. She … Continue reading

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