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 it smells so clean! You can’t wait to test it out on the mat and the first week you wear it nearly everyday you train (of course washing it in between). Eventually, it starts to join your normal rotation and before long you start to notice that your new, fresh, clean-smelling piece of gear has taken-on that familiar funky smell. But don’t fret! There are ways to protect your awesome new gear from the jiu jitsu stank. And bring your old gear back to neutral! Here are 3 tips to...
Coach Christina Marie, BJJ Brown Belt and Mobility Specialist, on the importance of strength training and mobility work for longevity in BJJ. The idea that "to get better at jiu jitsu, you must just train jiu jitsu" is a bit outdated. Show up to train. Train often. Train smart. Recover smarter. Take the time outside of the mats to maintain the biggest tool you have: Your body. They are meant to be strong and resilient. They are capable of a lot more than you think. Eat well. Sleep well. Take care of your body so it can take care of you.
I know first hand the capacity jiu jitsu has to change lives, I see it over and over again. And I want to encourage more women, who might believe they are “not the type of girl that can do a sport like jiu jitsu”, who don’t know about jiu jitsu, or who know and can’t afford to train; to step on the mat, own their inner ferocity, and create a life they love. That is why I created Alchemize.
To train or not to train on your period is a personal question. However, I would love to see a world where women do not feel limited or ashamed of training on their periods. It sucks to miss 12 weeks (a whole 3 months!) of training and improvement every year because of your cycle. And ultimately the sport of jiu jitsu needs more women on the mats, more of the time.
It’s time we start looking our fears in the face and giving ourselves permission to be the women we dream about being! Jiu Jitsu is a catalyst for this kind of thinking because in jiu jitsu the ego-driven fears are obvious and abundant, it starts there. But it’s time we start pushing fear to the side and owning everything we are, in every aspect of our lives. That is my definition of being a FIERCE FEMALE.