• Preparing for Competition: What is Enough?

    Preparing for Competition: What is enough?
    By: Emily Kwok

     
    ‘Don’t live down to expectation. Go out there and do something remarkable.’ – Wendy Wesserstein
    I’m well into my training camp for Master’s Seniors Worlds and many people have asked, ‘How is your training going?’.

    Great question. Loaded question. Where do I begin…

    Competition is not new to me, so in […]

  • Paying Attention to Pain

    Paying Attention to Pain
    By: Joe Hannan

    I fell off of my partner’s back instead of rolling. The drop seoi nage didn’t proceed as planned, with my 175 pounds falling at the rate of gravity and my shoulder absorbing the impact. I could feel the ball-and-socket joint were my bicep plugs into my shoulder slide inward and […]

  • Showing Up

    Showing Up
    By: Joe Hannan

    2018 began with goals for my martial arts life, one of which was to compete three times. With the second behind me and the third at some undetermined point in the future, I’m a bit unmoored and dejected. The physical and metaphorical hunger lit a fire in me that I hadn’t felt […]

  • Jiu Jitsu’s Worst Enemy

    Jiu Jitsu’s Worst Enemy
    By: Joe Hannan

    There is something out there that has claimed the careers of more promising grapplers than anything else. It will sideline some longer than a torn ligament. Maybe worse, it will keep others locked in the same patterns, never to develop even though they’re always training.

    Lucky for us, that force has […]

  • Returning to Competition: Finding My Heart Again

    Returning to Competition: Finding my heart again
    By: Emily Kwok

    I recently made the decision and announcement that I would compete at this year’s IBJJF Master’s Seniors Worlds.

    It’s been 6 years since I have competed and in the typical timeframe that a purple belt is born, I opened a school, birthed 2 children, concentrated on building […]

  • 10 Tips on How to Age Gracefully in BJJ

    10 Tips on How to Age Gracefully in BJJ
    By: Emily Kwok

    BJJ is a very physically demanding sport. A workout can leave you feeling wasted more often than not, yet grounded at the same time. Most people can’t bear to be as uncomfortable as you’ve been for the last hour of your life and survive to […]

  • Competition: Finding Your Why

    Competition: Finding Your WHY
    By: Emily Kwok

    Competition isn’t for everyone. For many, it stirs up all the awkward feelings we humans generally don’t like to feel: confrontation, stress, fear, anxiety, self-doubt. I think any athlete, professional or otherwise would be lying if they didn’t admit to feeling one or all prior to a fight. The nerves […]

  • Finding the Right Coach for You: 4 Profiles I’ve Encountered

    Finding the right coach for you: 4 profiles I’ve encountered
    By: Emily Kwok

    I recently was given the impetus to learn how to swim better.

    My goal wasn’t to win any medals or to compete in an ironman race, it was simply to feel more confident and comfortable in deep and open water.

    I had taken enough […]

  • Take the Opportunity to Build Your Community

    Take the Opportunity to Build Your Community

    By: Val Worthington

    My partners (Emily Kwok and Hannette Staack) and I run a business called Groundswell Grappling Concepts. In 2009, we started hosting grappling camps for women, because back then, there were few opportunities for women to train together. Those ladies who were committed to improving our jiu-jitsu had […]

  • Adulting and BJJ: 8 Ways to Impact Your Training When You Have Limited Time

    Adulting and BJJ. 8 ways to impact your training when you have limited time.
    By: Emily Kwok

    For most practitioners of BJJ there comes a time in life when shit gets real. After many years of putting your BJJ before everything in your life other than making some sort of paycheck to cover the most basic expenses […]