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  • 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 […]

  • Grapplers Are People Too

    Grapplers Are People Too

    Grapplers are people too. In the past, I have thought and said this many times, with the emphasis on the last word. For a long time, I felt the need to defend this passion of mine to people who found it violent or distasteful or otherwise something they did not want themselves […]

  • Behind the Steel Door

    Behind the steel door.

    As I made the half-hour drive to Performance Jiu Jitsu in Fairlawn, N.J., I wondered why I ever let Joe, my coworker, talk me into this. I parked and looked down at my phone, hoping there would be a message from him — a sturdy blue belt with a poet’s mind, a […]

  • Always the Beginner

    Always the beginner.
    I was months away from becoming a married man when I first put on a gi and fumbled to tie the belt in the summer of 2015. It was two sizes too big and fit me like a garbage bag. To make matters worse, I was wearing running shorts that made me look […]

  • Blogging and the Art of Jiu Jitsu

    Why blog now?

    I’ve spent over 16 years of my life entangled in some aspect of BJJ. I didn’t have a clue what I was getting into when I started, and I dare say that I still don’t know what I’m doing day to day. Diving into this art gave me a vehicle to explore, play and internalize […]