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  • Training Etiquette 101

    By: Emily Kwok
    “The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.” – Rudyard Kipling
    We all know the smell of a ripe BJJ gym.

    The smell might give us a clue about the school’s cleanliness, frequency of use, or characters at play. It can tell us a lot, but not everything. A school that’s […]

  • Faixa Preta

    By: Emily Kwok
    Faixa Preta: Black Belt
    When I began training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, it was a good while before I’d ever encountered a real live Black Belt and it never occurred to me that I would ever become one or want one. The Black Belt was almost like a god or deity — holy, sacred and […]

  • 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 […]