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  • How Leaders Should Lead

    By: Emily Kwok
     

    ‘Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power’ – Abraham Lincoln
    Reflecting on the 18 going on 19 years I’ve been involved with BJJ, it’s a surreal moment to confront myself with the fact that I’ve been training a long time; like long enough […]

  • 5 Principles for Growth in BJJ

    By: Emily Kwok

    Before we breakdown some of the growth principles that have been helpful in my BJJ, let’s just clear the air here and demystify what the word ‘principle’ means in this context. All too often people will nod their heads when you mention, ‘Do you understand this principle?’ when they really have no flipping […]

  • How to Find Happiness in Jiu Jitsu

    By: Joe Hannan

    Last week, I wrote about the pitfalls of seeking validation in jiu jitsu, something which I am guilty of doing. Looking back, I offered a critique without any alternatives. Hopefully this post will serve that purpose.

    Eradicating validation-seeking behavior on the mats is accomplished when the grappler realizes that Jiu Jitsu is a process […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]