Competition

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  • Am I even having fun?

    By Shane McCarthy

    My wife finds herself asking this question ever since she started training: Am I having fun in Jiu Jitsu? Joy. Happiness. Fun. They all describe the endorphins that flood your nervous system when something pleases your brain. Midway through a set of burpees in a gross, humid, 90-something-degree warehouse, with your muscles screaming […]

  • What Warriors Are Made Of

    By: Emily Kwok
    2011 – IBJJF No Gi Worlds. Emily Kwok vs. Rachel Demara
    The score was 9-0 with 30 seconds left on the clock. I was clinging to my opponent, both of us on our backs, with the seatbelt grip and one hook in, trying to sink in a choke before the buzzer sounded. I was […]

  • Should You Compete?

    By: Emily Kwok
    “Should I compete?”
    I am asked this question a lot.

    I often respond, I’m not sure if you should, but here’s why I do.

    In the beginning it had more to do with curiosity than anything else. There were so few women in jiu jitsu that I just wanted to know how I would fare against […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]