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  • You Are How You Train

    By: Emily Kwok

    It’s incredible how much training can reveal about the self.

    It creeps up on you slowly after your obsession with training wears off a bit. When you are at ease with the notion of deliberate practice, when the hard work is no longer hard work and it just becomes habit. This is the […]

  • 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 […]

  • 10 Tips for Longevity in BJJ

    By: Emily Kwok

    Dear Reader,

    This is not an article for “old people.” This is an article for people who want to feel happy and healthy as they train into old age. I might even be so bold as to suggest that if you are young, ambitious, and live and breathe jiu jitsu, then you should heed […]

  • 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 […]