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Maya Nazareth
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 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...

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Maya Nazareth
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 had before. At the end of a training session, I was wiped.  I felt exhausted, like I had gotten a complete workout and to do anything more would be over-kill. So I stopped training other disciplines and eventually, I paid the price. It came in the form of an aching shoulder, a torn hamstring, and persistent neck-pain; sound familiar?  We all know that jiu jitsu takes wear and tear on our bodies;...

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Maya Nazareth
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 academy on a whim, wanting to try something new. I thought that maybe jiu jitsu was something like karate or kickboxing. Surely, I didn’t imagine that my first day I would be shrimping, drilling take-downs, and  wrapping my legs around some 200lb guy learning how to do a triangle. Until I started training, I never thought of myself as a particularly strong or aggressive person.  I had a friend in school who...

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Maya Nazareth
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 training BJJ on your period! If you have any questions you would like answered or think are under-served, please leave a comment! The short answer is YES! You can absolutely train with your period if you want to!  I do and have ever since I started BJJ. I wear a menstrual cup that I love, because it never leaks, it doesn’t feel wet, and I forget that it is there.  Plus it...

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