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  • 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 […]

  • You Are How You Train

    You are how you train
    By: Emily Kwok

    It’s very common for even the best of us to get locked up when it comes to personal expression. This is true of life in general, but the mats give us the rare opportunity to see where we are literally challenged and liberated.

    At the beginning of our BJJ career, […]

  • Dedicated, not Obsessed

    Dedicated, not obsessed.
    By: Joe Hannan

    I see Jiu Jitsu everywhere I go, especially in the movements and play of animals. I think about Jiu Jitsu all day, a constant narrative of if he does this, then I do that, running through my head. Sometimes, I mix it up, and the narrative gets switched to, if I […]

  • Forget Winning and Losing

    Forget Winning and Losing
    By: Joe Hannan

    I’m told there’s at least one in every gym. This person goes by many names, most of which aren’t suitable for prime time. If you’ve ever rolled with this person, you know what you’re in for the second you engage. Their rigid posture, desperate struggle for grips and tendency to […]

  • Countering BJJ Frustration with Stoicism

    Countering BJJ Frustration with Stoicism.
    Bye: Joe Hannan

    I let my sweaty head fall with a thud against the ocean blue mats that lined the walls of Performance Jiu Jitsu. I don’t remember the roll, but I’m sure it had been savage and swift, with multiple tapouts and lots of flailing around. I might have even let […]

  • The Art of Learning the Cross Collar Choke

    The Art of Learning the Cross Collar Choke
    One of the most significant things I’ve learned about BJJ was the cross collar or lapel choke from closed guard. It’s the first submission I learned and on the rare occasion that I’m working with a newly minted white belt, the only submission I teach. The choke itself […]

  • Women as Instructors

    Women as Instructors 
    By: Val Worthington

    In recent years, I have started to think about what I call Women’s Jiu-Jitsu 2.0. The 1.0 version was just getting women on the mat. Just getting them to believe they deserved to take up space and learn and avail themselves of all that jiu-jitsu has to offer. The community still […]