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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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How to Utilize Lists to Optimize Your Life and Training

 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. 

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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 knowledge from youtube videos, friends who train, and blog posts.  Others, like myself, go in blind.  When I started jiu jitsu, I couldn't have told you the difference between BJJ and Karate (embarrassing, I know). I joined my first class because I wanted to do something new and fun, and get in better shape in the process. I never expected to have this sport take over my life, give me my closest friends, or transform...

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