• 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 […]

  • Pura Vida. Pura Vida Jiu Jitsu.

     
    Pura Vida. Pura Vida Jiu Jitsu.
    (Pure Life. Pure Life Jiu Jitsu)
    By: Emily Kwok

    I recently came back from a glorious vacation in Costa Rica with my family. For a week we lived on the edge of where the jungle meets the ocean; where the guttural sounds of howler monkeys in the trees and the chirps and […]

  • 12 Rules For White Belt Life

    12 RULES FOR WHITE BELT LIFE
    An Antidote For BJJ Chaos
    By: Joe Hannan
    Most grapplers with some experience likely have their own set of rules for survival as a white belt. These are mine, codified on the receiving end of the shoulder of justice and other less-than-desirable positions. May they serve you well.

    1. Admit You Know Nothing. Anyone looking […]

  • What to Expect When You’re Expecting to Compete

    What To Expect When You’re Expecting to Compete
    By: Joe Hannan

    Competition is a an experience every grappler should have. It crystallizes the form and function of BJJ as a martial art more than any number of rolls or lessons ever could. Perhaps just as important, if not more so, is preparation for competition.

    I write this from […]