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Maya Nazareth
5 Beauty Sacrifices Women Make When They Join Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

5 Beauty Sacrifices Women Make When They Join Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

When you start Brazilian jiu jitsu, much of what you thought to be important about beauty is going to go out the window. You might be used to keeping your hair, nails, makeup, and even your hands a certain way.  I know I was.  But when you start jiu jitsu, you will probably have to let some of that go. And that’s okay.  I can actually be amazing. As you train, you will become more comfortable with your natural self, and you’ll come to find out that beauty is more than skin-deep. Below, this post is going to cover five...

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Maya Nazareth
Starting Jiu Jitsu as a Woman? Here’s How to Prepare & What to Expect

Starting Jiu Jitsu as a Woman? Here’s How to Prepare & What to Expect

Starting Brazilian jiu jitsu as a woman can be both exhilarating and a little scary. When beginning your BJJ journey (or any martial art for that matter) it’s totally normal to have questions. You might be wondering: What should I expect from my first class? Is jiu jitsu for everyone? What should I know about starting jiu jitsu as a woman? Most women who dive into the world of jiu jitsu find themselves a better, stronger, and more self-actualized version of themselves for it. You’re taking an incredible step in empowering yourself and becoming a better you when you head...

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Maya Nazareth
3 Keys for Survival in a Male Dominated Gym

3 Keys for Survival in a Male Dominated Gym

Beginnings are often the scariest part of any journey. The road ahead is full of unknown experiences, some amazing and some horrible. However, beginnings are also a time of new opportunities. When I first started jiu jitsu, I was surprised to find myself the only woman on the mat.  To this day, it’s pretty common for me to be the only woman in a class of 30+.  But on my first day this had me asking, “ What on earth did I get myself into?”.  Starting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was intimidating and extremely challenging. Like most people my first year...

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You Can Always Come Back

You Can Always Come Back

I was 2 years into BJJ training. New students looked up to me and expected me to know the answers and I was expected to show them the ropes. But outside the gym, work was crushing my soul. My toxic friendships left me drained. I was determined to show up to training sessions running on fumes. I was going through the motions--hoping some spark would light my fire again. The weight of the world that kept stacking on my shoulders was just too much to bear, and it affected my ability to enjoy jiu jitsu--my favorite activity became yet another...

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