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BJJ and Homosocial Contact

Jiu jitsu’s greatest powers are frequently the easiest to miss. Sometimes in the better bodies, improved cardio, and gold medals, we lose the transcendent power that this practice really has. Thankfully, people do take notice, and


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Remember that training partner who tore up his knee a few months back? The one that was going to rest and try to rehab it and come back once he healed up? What ever happens to


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We got a chance recently to talk with Olympic Judo gold medalist, Kayla Harrison. Kayla is the first American (male or female) to win gold in the Olympics. When Kayla was just 13, she was sexually


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We just ran across this article from the Montreal Gazette on how BJJ helped practitioner, Etienne Georges in his battle with Chron’s disease. It also discusses our sport’s relationship with MMA, and its growth in Montreal


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Are you too fat to do BJJ? One of our contributors, Julia, addresses the question, and some of her personal revelations as an overweight person starting training in this highly informative piece… Yes, you, the person


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We can hold beliefs all we want, but what really matter is is how we let those beliefs be shown through our actions. When the medals are put away in a box, we’ll forget them. What


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Originally published at Mrs. Ibarra’s Jiu Jitsu Journey I rolled with my 16-year old daughter last night.  She got very frustrated at one point.  I had her in side control, heavy side control.  She wanted to just give up.  She


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In our first look at training with UC, we talked to Trina, who was new to the mats. This round, we talk with Bill, a veteran who’s been training BJJ for the past nine years.  


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I say this to other couch potatoes. I say this as a natural couch potato. No, not those of you who were football players in high school and college and got lazy after your daughter was


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I found jiu jitsu purely by accident, and it was a complete shocker to both me and everyone who knew me. Prior to bjj, I had earned a black belt in Tivo and watched nearly 40


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