Will the Real BJJ Girl Please Stand Up?

When I started a blog, signed up for Facebook and Twitter accounts, and began calling myself ‘BJJ Girl’, I knew things could get a little weird. I looked at the Jiu-Jitsu community as a place I wanted to integrate with through those communication methods, but I never stopped to think about all of the craziness that I would go through in the process. It’s been so …


IBJJF Pan Ams 2015 Approaches

The Road to IBJJF Pan Ams… Let’s Go! *Comment below if you are going to Pan Ams! Let me know your name, rank, and division, and I’ll add you to the list! The Pan-American Championship, or the IBJJF Pan Ams, is just around the corner, and will beginning in the second week of March . This means that schools all over the world are switching into their …


Losing Weight for Jiu-Jitsu

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I have gone through a lot of changes for BJJ. The lifestyle is completely different from what most people experience in their day to day lives, and I would not change back for anything. My habits are better, my mood is happier and my health is the best it’s ever been. There is this one thing that keeps annoying me though, and it’s that $%^&*#! …


Jiu-Jitsu Community Networking: Log 1

Thank you very much to all of those who participated in my very first Jiu-Jitsu Community Networking post that I did on Facebook this past Sunday. It was very cool to see how many people are really making Jiu-Jitsu part of their way of life, and I am happy to say that I will be doing this more regularly. Please feel free to continue to tag …


Warrior of the Month – Josh Hinger

In December, I started a monthly tradition with BJJ Girl of the Month, to honor people that are truly dedicated to their personal Brazilian Jiu Jitsu journeys. For January, I give you its ‘brother’ series with my first Warrior of the Month post, honoring Josh Hinger of Team Atos. Josh Hinger was awarded his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by Andre Galvao in December of …


5 Awesome Things About the First Jiu-Jitsu World League Tournament

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The Jiu Jitsu World League provided a day of fun and excitement. The event itself was a display of the Who’s Who of Jiu-Jitsu, bringing out All-Stars like Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida, Clark Gracie, comedian Joey Diaz, and even (quietly) Ashton Kutcher. While ‘first tournament hiccups’ were expected, the tournament ran very well, and any issues were kept to a bare-minimum from my experience and point …

Join Me at the Jiu Jitsu World League

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I did it! I think I’m a little crazy, but I’m soooo excited! I registered to compete at the first Jiu Jitsu World League tournament in Southern California, which will be my first competition as a Blue Belt. Bring it! 🙂

Ashton Kutcher Speaks Out About BJJ

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The online Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu community has been abuzz with gossip ever since a photo of Ashton Kutcher and Rigan Machado was shared. The picture showed Ashton Kutcher in his newly awarded Purple Belt, alongside trainer and Jiu-Jitsu Original Rigan Machado (making sure you know to check out the Jiu-Jitsu World League). It was then that BJJ practitioners everywhere took to comment on the likelihood of …


A New Blue Belt’s Reflection: An Open Letter to My White Belt Self

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Dear BJJ Girl Emma, I know your pain. I’ve felt it time and time again. Of course, I’ve felt all your pain, but that ankle injury you just got in your 3rd Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class isn’t going to keep you down. Do you know why? Because you remembered why you started. You remembered why you needed to prove to yourself that you could accomplish any …