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Looking for Contributing Writers!

Girl-Jitsu is 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

…for a girl

“You’re really good, for a girl….” My skin crawls as my brain echoes those last three words and I wish I had squeezed that triangle choke a bit tighter and held on for just a second longer. “For a girl…” I should be used to that kind of backhanded compliment by... read more

New to No-Gi

Switching from Gi to No-Gi can be a bit challenging. You can feel like a complete newbie to the sport the first few times rolling No-Gi.


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Competition Goals

When competing, make realistic goals, like executing a new technique or committing to the takedown. It will help you grow in your jiu jitsu game.

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Girl Good

It’s a compliment — in a backhanded sorta way: you’re good…for a girl. What does that even mean? How many other women have been hit by this below-the-belt remark?

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Preparing for Competitions

Once you have been studying BJJ for a while, it’s natural to wonder if you should compete in tournaments. While this is a matter best discussed between you and your professor, the following are tips to keep in mind should you decide to try out your game on a bunch of... read more

Email us your tournaments and events info!

Hey, ladies, Girl-Jitsu wants to know about your upcoming events and tournaments in your area. We want to give as much exposure to events primarily for women or led by women. We also want to list as many tournaments as possible so other women can learn of the numerous opportunities out there to compete. If you know of any upcoming events and tournaments, let us know. Email us at Happy training!


Looking For Every Day MaMAs

What’s tougher than training and competing regularly? Training and competing regularly while being a mom! Girl-Jitsu wants to highlight those Pretty.Tough. moms who somehow find the time to do it all: train, compete, work and raise a family. If you know of any email us at so we can spotlight them on our web site. We look forward to your submissions!

Madeline Gousetis

Madeline Gousetis

MMA/Jiu Jitsu Fighter

Born: 25 July 2003
Home: St. Louis, Missouri
Trains at Finneys MMA and XXI Century Martial Arts
BJJ Orange Belt
Trains kickboxing under Benny Voykes
Orange Belt in Kenpo Karate
2012 NAGA National Champ All Girls 17 & under Gi and No Gi
2013 NAGA National Champion All Girls 17 & under Gi and No Gi
154 Tournament Fights
82-5 vs girls, only 1 loss in her division
2 Cage Fights
42-time NAGA Champ
Five Grappling Champ (Boys Division)
Gold medalist Abu Dhabi

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Tiffany C.

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