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Kick your holiday season off right by shopping for the female fighter in the household! Gis were $125…now only $105!

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Girl-Jitsu is always looking for a few more good women to contribute articles to our site. We pride ourselves on being a platform for females in combat sports to have their voices heard. Share your opinions, experiences, advice and thoughts with other ladies across the globe. This is also a great opportunity to network and learn from others who put in time on the mat. Send articles — with pictures — to

Bridging the gap from paper to pain

Bridging the gap from paper to pain

What is the scariest thing to come out of a 2nd Lt’s mouth? ‘In my experience…’ What’s the last thing you want to hear from your martial arts instructor? ‘In theory…’ As a military desk jockey, it is a professional obligation to seek outside of myself. As my under fire time is nil, it is my job to ask the questions – as an infantryman, mortarman, gunner, Ranger, pilot, sniper, Green Beret, SEAL – what can you tell me that betters my understanding so that I may make more informed decisions and recommendations? As a martial artist, I have the opportunity to put theory into application. My favorite thing to hear after bowing onto the mat is, ‘Here’s what I’ve been playing with…’ Martial systems such as jiu-jitsu that introduce students to sparring from the beginning are ideal. In a lab where your ego and a few bruises are the only real consequences, one can really begin to (individually) test what works and what doesn’t. From my own self-defense applications, I find that stress inoculation and situational awareness are vastly more immediately critical than a repertoire of technique. Submitted by Meg Greer... read more

Wait on the weight

What advice do you have for maintaining or losing weight during this Holiday season?

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Put it into practice

Like many things in life, you can’t truly learn jiu jitsu unless you put it into practice.

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Deliberate Practice

There are many ways to train, but Deliberate Practice can be an effective way of progressing and getting better.

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The Holiday weight game – Interactive

The Holiday weight game – Interactive

Not everyone has a high metabolism and can burn off food as quickly as others. Some people have to really work hard to just maintain their weight, let alone lose it, especially during the holidays. I tend to be one of the lucky ones who can have two, three, four plates, dessert and drink all the egg nog in the bowl and lose a pound overnight. I know, it’s not fair. So it’s hard for me to give advice to family and friends about maintaining or losing weight, even though I train five to six days a week. They think I’m holding onto some valuable weight loss secret whenever they ask and I say, “honestly, I just eat and workout.” It’s caused a lot of (friendly) animosity for me when I walk into the house during holidays. One year, someone yelled out, “well, here comes ‘Magic Stomach Mindy!’ It must be hard for you being able to lose weight by eating. I wish I had your struggle.” So, to help them out, I’m enlisting the help of our readers to give their best advice on how to maintain or lose weight during these tempting, tasty time known as the Holiday Season. Maybe that will finally take some pressure off of me and I can sit back, relax and gobble down 10 men’s servings of turkey, ham and the likes. Just comment below with your tip. Enjoy the start of your holiday season, and keep... read more

Another Fake BJJ ‘Black Belt’ Busted

If you’re looking for a legitimate Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school, please do your research properly and thoroughly. Your best bet would be to look up schools with reputations, then narrow it down by area. Or you can go to tournaments, watch and ask around. Do not choose a school based on price. In most cases, you get what you pay for. Skimping on price could lead to pretty crappy quality. On the flip-side, paying thousands of dollars a month may not be the best bet either. Balance between what you are looking for and a price range within your comfort zone — give or take a little on the...

Felice Herrig Not Cut Out to be a ‘Ninja’

She looks better in the cage than she does traversing an obstacle course. Felice Herrig takes a major dive on the popular obstacle course show “American Ninja Warrior.” No athlete has won the title of “American Ninja Warrior” to date, despite individuals and athletes of various sports and skill levels competing on the...

Jessamyn Duke May Have A Future in the WWE

Ronda Rousey is not the only UFC female fighter the WWE has its eye on. There have been talks about signing the organization signing Bantamweight contender and “Four Horsewomen” member Jessamyn Duke. So much so that there are already ideas for her television storyline. Word is, if Duke loses her next UFC fight against Elizabeth Phillips (who she has beaten before via guillotine choke back in 2012 as an amateur) in Chicago on July 25, executives at the WWE are looking to sign her by the company. Ronda Rousey successfully paired up with the Duane “The Rock” Johnson during a special appearance and fans of both the UFC and WWE called to see more of the Bantamweight Champion in the ring. WWE Megastar Triple H is pushing for the World Wrestling Federation to use women more as main characters and leads in the organization, as he feels Rousey proved women can carry the weight of bring high-profile “Superstars.” The WWE has already started mimicking the “Four Horsewomen” concept, which is actually a throwback reference to an old pro wrestling group that centered around “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair; but the concept has been altered to feature four “NXT Divas” instead of men. According to sources, WWE is talking about bringing Duke – a former model – to take part in the “WWE Diva Search” contest, which is a reality show contest where fans vote to see which attractive woman (or women) will become the newest “WWE Diva(s),” a term describing a female wrestler inside the...

Torres: ‘I Would Be A Better Fight Than Penne’

UFC strawweight Tecia Torres recently said in an interview that she believes her “fighting Joanna (Jedrzejczyk) is a fight fans would want to see more than (Jessica) Penne fighting the division champ.” “Who I think is going to win is Joanna. I think Jessica Penne is a good fighter. I don’t know if I see Joanna TKOing Jessica like she did to Carla, because I think Carla’s striking is not as good as Penne’s.” Torres outlined the fight as she sees it: “If it goes to the ground, Penne has a chance of submitting Joanna, but I don’t think she’s going to be able to bring it to the ground. Carla couldn’t do it, and she was basically the best wrestler in the division. So I think it’s going to be a fight on the feet, but I think Joanna is bigger than Penne and stronger, so I think she’s going to win.” Torres is scheduled to fight at UFC 188 Saturday, June...

Ronda to Cris: ‘You’re on the Clock!’

In a recent interview, UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey said Cris “Cyborg” Justino has a two year deadline to fight her, after which she is moving on. Rousey likened their rivalry to that of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao: “Pacquiao vs. Mayweather had a five-year build up and it earned 5.5 million buys. We are at about three (years). So I would say, I’ll keep my hopes up until five (years), then I’m moving on after that.” Rousey has always said she would face Cyborg in the Cage, as long as she can make the cut to 135lbs. Meanwhile, Rousey is set to face one of Justino’s fellow country women — Bethe Correia — August 1 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at UFC 190. Cyborg has yet to officially cross over to the...

Reebok Monopolizes Fan Expo

According to a recent tweet by CEO of FightChix Elisabeth Nuesser, Reebok is the ONLY apparel company that will be allowed to attend the UFC Fan Expo this year due to the new Reebok/UFC deal. The deal has already caused chaos and contempt among some of the lesser known fighters; fighters who rely on outside sponsorship to fund their training and fighting. Read the tweet below: The UFC Fan Expo will be held July 10-11 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, Las Vegas,...

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competitor

Kloe “Bug” Darcey Nickname: “Bug” Age: 12 (As of August 2015) Home: Saint Augstine, Fl Training Schedule: 3-­4 days a week Years of Training: 5 1/2 Academy Affiliate: Roberto Traven BJJ Gym/school: Fighting Chance BJJ Coaches: Kevin Synan (black belt) Christy Synan (brown belt) Julian Synan (brown belt) Tournament Record: 13­3 ­ Total number of tournament matches 16 (As of August 2015)
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