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How to Utilize Lists to Optimize Your Life

 Right now can be a frustrating time being off the mats, “stuck” in our houses. It can be hard to capitalize on this time we have and stay motivated. The power of lists is that they can help you optimize your life, especially during this challenging time. Here are a few lists that can change your mindset and help you to master quarantine. 

7 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Jiu Jitsu

7 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Jiu Jitsu

Starting any sport can be very intimidating. Not to mention, a sport that involves full-on grappling. Some of us step on the mat armed with knowled...
3 Tips for De-funking your BJJ Gear

3 Tips for De-funking your BJJ Gear

You know how it goes, you get a new rashguard/Gi/[Insert BJJ gear item here] and you are in love!  It is new and special, the fit is so nice, and i...
Why you MUST cross-train for BJJ -  Hint: It's not optional!

Why you MUST cross-train for BJJ - Hint: It's not optional!

When I started training jiu jitsu I thought that time on the mat alone was enough to replace the exercise regime of lifting, cardio, and yoga that ...
I am embarrassed to admit this...Alchemize Founder on how Jiu Jitsu changed her life

I am embarrassed to admit this...Alchemize Founder on how Jiu Jitsu changed her life

I’m embarrassed to admit this. When I walked into my first BJJ class, I really didn’t even know what jiu jitsu was. I stumbled into my jiu jitsu ac...
Can you train BJJ on your period?

Can you train BJJ on your period?

 Over the next few weeks we will be answering questions that affect women in Jiu Jitsu.  This week we will be discussing the ins and outs of train...
Demolishing Fear: Give yourself permission to be the woman of your dreams!

Demolishing Fear: Give yourself permission to be the woman of your dreams!

Everyday is full of inflection points.  Little forks in the road, opportunities to pivot toward or away from the person you want to be.  When I wal...
5 Unsung Benefits of BJJ For Women

5 Unsung Benefits of BJJ For Women

When people find out that I train jiu jitsu I am often met with a joking, “wow I’ve got to watch out”, an excited, “That is so cool! I’ve always wa...