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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

Anytime is the Right Time to Start Jiu Jitsu

Last week I entered my first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament at the age of 51. While I am still planning my next move, my path to the BJJ mat in the first place was both impulsive and very intentional. I first started Jiu Jitsu about eleven months ago, after 15 years... read more

We Got Your Back

Jiu jitsu can be a physically and mentally draining sport, having teammates to lean on and turn to for a word of encouragement in a time of frustration can be just the boost you’ll need to get past a challenging part of your jiu jitsu journey.

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Overcoming Rape

Jiu jitsu is a close, intimate sport. It is uncomfortable as it is to overcome the awkwardness at first. How much more uncomfortable do you think it would be for someone who was a victim of rape?

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Every Day MaMA

Athletes come in all shapes and sizes. Many may not be superstars, but they train just as hard, juggling school, work, and even motherhood. Learn about this week’s Everday MaMA, Bethany Weathersbee.

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The Importance of Teammates

Your teammates are your most valuable asset during your jiu-jitsu journey. They will provide you with the vital feedback you need to improve your game and reach the next level. Usually, that feedback comes in the form of submissions. Do you keep getting caught in... read more

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...

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!

Cheraine Nelson

Cheraine Nelson

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Fighter

How did you get into training? I got into it through my ex-husband. I started as a way to lose weight. I didn’t want to compete. After six months I entered my first tournament and liked it. I’ve been competing ever since.

Tournaments/Awards: I have competed in lots of tourmants, including Grapplers Quest, De La Riva Cup, Daytona Open, NAGA and the Florida State Championships. I’ve placed anywhere from first through third in white belt, blue belt and purple belt divisions.

I have a little boy who recently started training as well.

Thanks again, Girl-Jitsu!
You all have done wonders for our program… we SO appreciate the love.

Beth T.

I’m so glad for Girl-Jitsu. They listen to their audience and make us women feel like we have a say in what we want to buy and how we want to train.

Tiffany C.

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