It Is Important To Balance Jiu-Jitsu And Life’s Responsibilities


by Brooke George


“We are often at war with ourselves. You have to find that balance between your heart and your mind.” (author unknown) Finding balance in every aspect of your life is something a lot of people struggle with, including myself.


As my favorite sport, and ultimately what I want to spend the rest of my life doing, Jiu-Jitsu takes up a lot of my time. While still being a student, and planning to attend college in the near future, school also takes up a lot of my time. The struggle to find balance between doing what I love, Jiu-Jitsu, and doing what I have to, school, is hard and often stressful at times.


It’s always a battle in my head when I have to miss out on time I could be spending on the mats. When I miss BJJ, it’s usually something school related; band concerts, Business Professionals of America events, National Honors Society meetings and let’s not forget homework. If you include blogging, being a student athletic trainer, and worship band at church, I’m even busier. All of those things combined make me who I am, but that doesn’t make it any easier. My priority is ultimately Jiu-Jitsu, but my priority is also to create the future that I want to live.


I have my heart set on spending the rest of my life doing Jiu-Jitsu; competing, teaching, and ultimately opening my own academy. But I can’t prepare myself for that just by being at the gym. I have to get an education and prepare myself for college in order to continue my education and prepare myself for the rest of my life. That is how I find the balance between my head and heart.


I know that the things I’m doing off the mat now are going to help me be able to spend even more time on the mat in the future. To any student athlete out there struggling to find balance, remember that everything you are doing now, on and off the mat, is helping you to reach all of your future goals. Live for the present, but prepare for the future.





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Dana White on Mackenzie Dern: “We’ve Been Checking Her Out. She’s a Little Bad Ass.”


It seems that UFC president Dana White has been eyeing BJJ star and rising MMA star Mackenzie Dern for a potential contract.


In a recent interview with TMZ, Dana White stated:




Dana was quick to stop any early comparisons of Mackenzie to former women’s bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey.







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Pro MMA Fighter Submits Opponent With A Nasty Grapevine Mount


The Grapevine is a great way to control your opponent’s hips and ability to shrimp when you have them in the mount position. It is rarely used as a submission though! Gleidson “Poney” Cutis however submitted his opponent with that very position at Legacy Fighting 6 on AXS TV!


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NFL Defensive Tackle Jason Shirley Wins Gold At IBJJF Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship


NFL free agent Jason Shirley took to the mats at the 2017 IBJJ Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship and showed he’s a multi-sport talent.


Shirley not only proved that he is a Jiu-Jitsu threat, but he won gold along the way. The 6’5″, 330-pounder competed in the white belt adult ultra-heavyweight division, which consisted of twelve competitors.


It took Shirley four matches to earn himself the gold medal.


The CheckMat product beat fellow CheckMat white belt Justin Mueller in the finals in Irvine, California on Thursday evening.


Shirley was drafted in the fifth round by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2008 and went on to be signed by Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins in the NFL.


Shirley is currently a NFL free-agent, but is keeping himself occupied on the Jiu-Jitsu mats.


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A Fighter With Terminal Brain Cancer Is Competing At Pans In Two Days


This is truly an amazing story. BJJ fighter and gym owner Kenny Bond was recently diagnosed with, and has been fighting; brain cancer. In an absolute show of defiance he will be competing in just a few days at the IBJJF Pans 2017 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu championship.


Kenny says, “When I walked into the doctors suffering from headaches, I never thought I would be walking out with surgery scheduled to remove terminal cancer from my brain the very next day. But, I guess no one thinks it will happen to them. I am an RN, and I still never thought it would happen to me.”


“I have been a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt since 2003 and I own Street Sports Simi Valley, so saying that BJJ is my life is an understatement. I knew when it literally came to life and death I would use the sport (along with my wife and children) as my motivation to stay active and do my best to heal.”


“I had brain surgery about three months ago, just 24 hours after I was diagnosed.”


“I knew when it literally came to life and death I would use the sport as my motivation to stay active and do my best to heal.”


Kenny’s resolve came to full fruition when he decided that he was going to put it all on the line and compete at this years Pans Championships, despite the drain brought on from battling cancer.


He will be competing Saturday, March 18th against Jay Zeballos in the Masters 4 division.


“I hope that when people see me compete, they will know that no excuse is good enough to give up on what you love to do. If you want something bad enough you can do it, you just have to believe.”


What an inspiration! Godspeed brother! OSS!



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Families That Train Jiu-Jitsu Together Are Happier Together


by Brooke George


Every Jiu-Jitsu practitioner knows that it’s a time consuming sport. Whether you are a student athlete trying to balance school with Jiu-Jitsu, someone trying to balance a career, or your are a full time athlete, Jiu-Jitsu is a lot of time.


As a teenager, my time is also my family’s time. Whether it’s going to class, seminars, or weekends away for tournaments; it’s together. It’s especially a lot of time when you consider that my dad trains with me! When I started out my parents had to drive me to and from class because I didn’t have my license yet. With my gym being 20 minutes away, it didn’t make sense for them to drop me off and come back. So, during class my dad would sit and watch. Just as I did, he fell in love with it and quickly started joining me on the mat.


After that, BJJ quickly became a family affair. Even my mom, who was very wary at first, has gotten immersed into the Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle. It may not be training and competing, but it’s all the runs she goes on with me while dropping weight for tournaments and the meal prep she helps with. It’s also all the times she goes to class to watch and be a part of it.


My sister has also been a huge support in my Jiu-Jitsu journey. She has been at every tournament cheering me on and documenting it for me. For my last tournament she chose to skip out on her annual President’s Ball in order to come home from college and surprise me by tagging along for the tournament.


With my family all somehow involved with the sport it comes up a lot at my house. We will sit down for dinner and some way or another Jiu-Jitsu will come up. Whether it’s talking about a new technique learned at class, a tournament coming up, or the latest EBI, it all gets discussed around our dinner table.


Grappling doesn’t stay at the gym either. We shortly put in a home gym with mats after we couldn’t get enough time at the gym. But let’s face it, Jiu-Jitsu matches quickly break out in the kitchen any time minor disagreements come up at my house. I guess its just a part of living the Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle, you can’t get away from it!


From the editor: This story is a prime example of how Jiu-Jitsu can bring families together as well as strengthen their bond. BJJ is a great tool to connect with teens who might otherwise experience a disconnect when approaching adulthood. If you have kids who do Jiu-Jitsu, jump in one day and try out an adult class. If you do Jiu-Jitsu, bring in your kids or your loved one! The potential rewards are limitless and invaluable!



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