Competition

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  • Going All In On Jiu Jitsu

    I can’t say when camp for this competition began. In many ways, it feels like I’ve lived in a permanent training camp, and that, I suppose, is the point. Believe it or not, the intensity of my Jiu Jitsu training is work-related. My employer gave me a goal, and that goal was to be all […]

  • The Mind of a BJJ Black Belt: Cindy Fink

    The first thing you notice is the unrelenting attack. Constant pressure. Ceaseless adjustments to the position. You’re out of options. Your limbs have been straightjacketed, your torso locked or twisted into an angle that renders it useless. 

    Only now do you realize that the end is near, though the endgame started much earlier. Often, there’s one […]

  • 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 […]