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The Art of Jiu-Jitsu Preparedness

As I slowly and painfully master jiu-jitsu I also start to master other skills (also slowly and painfully) that I didn’t know would be necessary for my journey. Like the prep work and foresight that goes into ensuring that myself, as well as my family, make it to class regularly. Somehow through a weird connectivity,…

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The ballad of humility

Years ago, when I started my journey to find a martial art for self-defense reasons, jiu-jitsu was at the top of my list. At the time, I was dating a guy that we’ll call Todd (yes, the same Todd I mention on my about page). Now Todd had attended a few jiu-jitsu classes before we…

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Balancing Life & Jiu-jitsu

When I first started jiu-jitsu, I went on Tuesday and Thursday and lived 45 minutes away. I also worked in the middle of town, which meant running to the south edge of town to the daycare, then back north for practice. Life was chaotic. Factor in things like dinner, homework, preparing for the next day…

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5 Things Women Need To Know When Grappling With Men

When I started jiu-jitsu, I knew that my hair would always be a mess, my nails would be short, makeup looks bad after a sweaty grapple session, and I’ll have to roll with the guys. It’s just a fact of life (well, jiu-jitsu life). I knew my partners would be sweating in my face (sometimes…

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