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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 editorial@girl-jitsu.com.

The B*tch vs. The Flirt

Warning: This post may contain language not suitable for kids.  As women, we can’t avoid the fact that we have to constantly negotiate the flirty versus bitchy personality dichotomy. One of my close guy friends from the gym told me recently, “I thought you were a bitch when I first met you. You would barely look at me, let alone talk to me! I remember one day in particular we got to roll. I thought you were so awesome. I was really impressed by your beastly jiujitsu. I was like, damn that girl can roll! But you were kinda rude to me. You barely even acknowledged me! You acted like you were better than everyone else.” I don’t remember the particular interaction that he was talking about, but I do remember feeling shy during my first year at that gym and not wanting to come off as a flirt. I also wanted to be taken seriously. I didn’t know how to interact with the guys at the gym. I felt so much more comfortable with the women at my gym, and we would often talk with each other in the locker rooms after class. But with the guys, I was intimidated, sometimes creeped out, and sometimes just plain shy. I didn’t talk to them much during my first year at the gym. I wanted to keep to myself, but also self-conscious of my female-ness and didn’t what to come off as a flirt. Now, three years later, I’m much more comfortable being friendly with everyone at the gym, and as a result I’ve attracted more than one unwanted (and... read more

BJJ = Awareness/Confidence

Being aware of your surroundings should be a part of your everyday natural movement. Women are more likely to be stalked or assaulted than men.

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Lingerie Fighting Championship

Is this the future for women in MMA? Will there ever be a day when women can be respected without being sexualized? What do you think?

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Flirt or Femme

It’s tough to completely let your guard down in the gym because men may read you wrong. It seems like there are only two extremes – b*tchy or flirty.

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Cool as a Cucumber

You’ve been training hard.  Your Professor says you are ready to compete. You have carefully set realistic goals.  You look forward to seeing your fellow BJJ players at the tournament. So why are you so nervous? Energy management. To compete well, you need a certain balance of focus, readiness, and excitement. Different sports use this excitement — called energy or arousal levels — to achieve peak performance. BJJ, hockey, and soccer are examples of sports in which higher excitement or energy levels can result in greater strength and aggressiveness. In contrast, other sports such as billiards, archery, and golf benefit from lower energy levels. However, you want productive energy — not anxiety, which will reduce your ability to focus on the activity at hand. The question is how to manage this energy for peak performance. Music. One way is through music. The next time you are at a tournament, look around and see how many athletes are wearing headphones, sitting by themselves, or walking around in their own quiet space. Although they look like they are “zoning out,” really they are trying to stay in the “zone” of their optimum energy level. Listening to electronic music energizes some BJJ athletes. Others listen to movie soundtracks like the Matrix. Know your optimum energy level and maintain it there. Motivational talk. We have all seen famous movies in which the coach gives a rousing half-time talk to his beleaguered team, and rallies them to a second-half victory. Although associated with team sports, athletes in individual sports like BJJ can also benefit from motivational talk if given by someone with whom the athlete feels close. Remember that the most... 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...

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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 editorial@girl-jitsu.com so we can spotlight them on our web site. We look forward to your submissions!

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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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