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Jiujiteira Magazine March 2022

March issue of Jiujiteira Magazine

Keywords: jiujitsu,women,bjjwomen,mma,ufc,martial arts,bjjgirls,vacation,camp,getaway,girls trip,self-defense

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issue THIRTEEN | MARCH 2022

MARCH 2022 cover story 20

Medusa 2 32
36
sections: 38
FINE AS WINE 42
What's a "Master's Athlete"? 44

BY ALMINE BARTON 4
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FROM MESTRA YVONE 46
Welcome Gisele!

BY YVONE DUARTE

OUT OF THE CAGE
Some Women Fear the Fire...

BY SAMANTHA SEFF

BEHIND THE LENS
EBI in El Paso + Medusa in Cancún

BY BLANCA MARISA GARCIA

ASK THE DOC
Low Back Pain

BY CHRISTINE FLETCHER

THIS issue:
PUBLISHER'S CORNER
Women Sports?

COMING UP
Grappling Getaways

JIUJITEIRAS AROUND THE WORLD

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CHICKJITSU AT BLACK FORCE MMA 6
With over 100 competitors — from young to masters — and an enthusiastic audience

ChickJitsu revealed the Jiujiteiras of South Carolina are dangerous Southern Belles

P H OTO BY E V E LY N SU T TO N

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EVELYN SUTTON is on a mission march 2022
to uncover and promote the universe
of women in one of the deadliest ISSUE № 13
martial arts in the world.
PUBLISHERs

PUBLISHER’s corner &

Women's Sports? king's table
studios
Amid protests, Penn University swimmer Lia It's only a matter of time before Jiu-Jitsu and
Thomas, who is a transgender woman, became MMA promotions establish their own rules Creative Director & CEO
the first known transgender athlete to win a regarding this matter. Are we just going to sit Evelyn Sutton
Division I national championship in a sport, back and wait to see what regulations they come
and there were no parades or big celebrations. up with? Look up what happened in 2014 when writers
Thomas took the NCAA title in the women's transgender fighter Fallon Fox broke her oppo- Almine Barton
500-yard freestyle while towering over the nent's skull in a MMA fight, if you're not familiar. Blanca Marisa Garcia
biologically female runner-up, Emma Weyant, Chris Fletcher
a silver medalist at the recent Tokyo Olympics. The question is, are women's sports at risk? Are the Charlotte McKinley
Her victory caused a backlash, and Thomas equal rights for opportunity and recognition we David Sutton
received first place while being booed by the still sacrifice and fight so hard for being infringed? Evelyn Sutton
crowd. Before joining the women's division,
Thomas ranked #462 as a male swimmer, now As women, we must speak out. Silence translates Girls in Gis
she's #1 as a woman. The numbers alone raise to complacency. Now is a time in history that Samantha Seff
the question of Thomas having unfair advan- demands pushing past discomfort and fear. Now Sophia McDermott
tages against her female teammates. is the time for courage, and when it comes to Vanessa Waltz
Former Olympian gold medalist, Caitlyn sports, women in Jiu-Jitsu and MMA prove every Yvone Duarte
Jenner, the world’s most famous trans woman is time we step on the mats and inside the cage we
concerned about the danger the situation creates are made of nothing if not courage. Regardless proofreading
to her own community and to women's sports: of where you stand in the issue, women are the Edgard Esperança
"I think to be honest they’ve got to change the ones who should be calling the shots in our own
rules. We need a fair playing field. And right backyards and deciding how to move forward. sales managers
now, if we allow this, it's not a fair playing field. I Caitlyn White
am firmly behind protecting women's sports. We As a Jiujiteira who understands firsthand the (Central Florida)
cannot have biological boys competing against struggles of participating in a male-dominated
women. It’s bad for the trans community." sport, how do you feel about the inclusion of Sierra Minchaca
While I don’t think every former male athlete transgender women in Jiu-Jitsu and MMA? (Northern California)
who became a transgender female athlete did Would you be comfortable going against a
it with the intention of taking advantage of biological born male in the octagon? We want photography
female divisions in sports, I suspect some may to hear your thoughts and ideas on how we Blanca Marisa Garcia (cover photo)
have seen this as a way to hack the system and can support transgender athletes and create Leon MacCormack; Gnar Corp Photo
rise to the top of the podium. The current rules opportunities that are both safe and fair for
regulating trans inclusion in competitive sports all women to receive self-defense training and Evelyn Sutton
can easily be exploited. compete in combat sports. Email us at: Michelle Chopp
[email protected]
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Black ForceChickJitsu at South Carolina

Over 100 hundred competitors attended ChickJitsu all-female
grappling tournament in Summerville, SC. The event took place
at Black Force MMA, a local gym owned by Professor Dwight
Decker. The competitors enjoyed an outpouring of support from
family, friends, coaches and teammates. The excitement of the matches and en-
thusiasm of the audience made for a fun family event. The displays of solidar-
ity and sportsmanship between the ladies were inspiring, with athletes from
opposing teams hugging and encouraging each other before and after matches.
The ladies of Black Force MMA, the host gym, showed up with a team of 20
athletes and took home several wins. The event which offered Jiujiteiras of all
ages an opportunity to compete was very well organized and matches ran as
scheduled, giving out a $500 cash prize to the winner of the NoGi absolute,
Melissa Sheppey. Congratulations to Jepha Mooi, the woman and Jiujiteira be-
hind ChickJitsu and staff for the success of the event. The next one takes place
in Florida on April 23rd. For info visit: facebook.com/chickjitsu

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PROFESSOR DWIGHT DECKER, BLACK FORCE MMA
AND JEPHA MOOI, CHICKJITSU

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COMING UP

fun & Adventure Beyond
Your Wildest Dreams!

“There is a special energy had a chance to sit the scoop on the amazing
when you come into the room down with upcoming vacations the team
and you feel like you are part April Parks, has planned for this year. I,
of something really cool”, founder personally, want to sign up
Svenja Juffernbruch of Grappling for at least three: Costa Rica,
Salem and Mexico City. Yet, all
STORY BY E VE LYN SUT TO N Getaways and two of are thrilling!
PH OTOS SUBMIT TE D BY GR A P P LI N G GE TAWAYS her camp instructors
and founding members, Designed exclusively for wom-
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Katie Hooven to learn more aways all-ladies camps evolved
about their epic adventures out of a need for female train-
traveling with Jiujiteiras all ing partners. At the time April
over the world with gis in started training (2011) there
their backpacks, and hearts on just weren’t enough women
their sleeves. From a relaxing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the
tropical paradise getaway Northeast. Julie Manasse and
to exciting themed Hocus Val Masai-Aspaas, also found-
Pocus Halloween in Salem, ing members and instructors at
in this interview, I even got

the camps, experienced the same challenge, life lessons to share. Grappling Getaways Meet the Team
basically they would never have a chance to fosters an environment where women are
train with another female, something not able to really engage with what it means to Grappling Getaways
uncommon for women who have been in show up as a female in a male-dominated
Jiu-Jitsu for longer than a decade. When they world, learn from each other, redefine goals April Parks
would see each other at tournaments, they and realign intentions, find encouragement,
were often the only females competing, and solidarity, build courage and make friend- Founder | Head Coach
they would make plans to get together in ships that last long after camp is over.
between tournaments to train but that just April Parks is the founder
wasn’t enough. The ladies quickly realized and creator of Grappling
that a single training session once in a while Getaways. A multi-
wasn’t what they needed, they really wanted world Champion, April
to spend more time with each other, not only holds championship
to train but also to share experiences on what titles from IBJJF and is a Eddie Bravo’s
it is like to be a woman on the mats. That’s Medusa Female-Only Jiu-Jitsu (see page
when the light bulb turned on and April saw 20) tournament veteran, having competed
an opportunity to create a Jiu-Jitsu centered in Medusa’s inaugural event in Cancún
vacation camp for women, where we would last year. She is a black-belt under Carlos
be able to learn, train, travel, have fun, be Machado and is currently getting ready to
ourselves and rip all the benefits that come open her own gym with her husband this
from being part of a united sisterhood. summer in Syracuse, New York, where she
resides. April is a busy career woman with
Personal Growth on a Jiu-Jitsu Mission an extensive background in education. She
works for the Syracuse City School District
The ideology of Grapplings Getaways is built Gaining confidence in your technical skills and is a mom of four very active children.
around empowerment, inclusion and en- is empowering. Attending a Grappling
couragement. The women who attend these Getaways camp can help lay down the Svenja
unique camps get to seek out new challenges groundwork for Jiujiteiras to step up and take Juffernbruch
on and off the mats with one-on-one coach- on leadership roles as instructors, mentors,
ing from highly experienced instructors. and gym owners. And in our world, we want Founding Member |
From advancing their Jiu-Jitsu by working more women to stand out and contribute, be- Instructor | Foreign
on what they may have been struggling with come leaders. The organization plans to offer Brand Ambassador |
and learning new concepts and techniques a Grappling Getaways Ambassadors program Camp Chef
to participating on expeditions and tours designed to do just that - inspire, train and
they may not have otherwise. Katie explains empower Jiujiteiras from white to black belts Svenja is a BJJ brown
the gratifying process of seeing women grow and help them realize their full potential in belt and IBJJF European champion from
both as Jiujiteiras and in their own individu- our community, achieve their dreams and be Switzerland. She is one of the international
al life paths at every camp: able to make a living from the sport. instructors camp attendees have the
opportunity to learn from and train with.
“A big role that all of the instructors play in Elizabeth Clay is an example of this mission. A foodie and experienced restaurateur,
these camps is helping people step out of April brought the talented grappler into when she’s not on the mats teaching
their comfort zone and encouraging them to Grappling Getaways to teach at camp when Jiujiteiras how to pass and smash, Svenja
do things they may be a little uncomfortable she was still a brown belt for the same a top is in the kitchen preparing delicious meals
with. We carry ourselves with such great male instructor would normally receive. “As that keep everyone well nourished and
energy that everyone one at camp feels com- one of the best female athletes in this sport, happy at camp.
fortable being vulnerable and doing things you should be able to live from it. Your tal-
that may have been apprehensive to do ents and contributions should be recognized Katie Hooven
whether that is a more demanding training at the same rate as the men. I want to be a
session or an excursion. Whatever the case part of this change, that is really important Instructor |
may be, they always seem to feel inspired by for all of us and we are heading to a place Administrative Staff
us and willing to be vulnerable and grow in where we will be able to empower even more
a safe and nurturing environment.” women in Jiu-Jitsu.” Katie is a brown belt
under Garry Tonon and
currently trains with
John Danaher at New
Wave Jiu-Jitsu in Austin, TX. With a detailed
and thorough approach in her instruction,
Katie is able to connect with all students,
teach powerful submissions and advanced
techniques in simple and effective ways
easy to comprehend at any Jiu-Jitsu level.

A women’s camp opens up space for mean- Ahead of each camp, the team of instructors
ingful conversations with peers who share gets together to plan and decide what they will
important aspects of your identity as Jiujitei- be teaching and focusing on. It’s important to
ra, but also have different perspectives and mention that some camps are vacation camps,

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meaning these will be packed with excursions out and where the mats are always open for Sometimes the instructors will pick the camp-
and adventures as well as high level training impromptu training sessions and ques- ers up from the airport and they will drive
sessions but they are nearly not as intense tions instructors get asked at random times together to the camp’s destination. Upon arriv-
when it comes to the training as some of throughout the day. Having the teachers stay al, attendees receive a complete itinerary that
their competition camps. At the competition under the same roof as the students, accessi- breaks down all the training sessions, meal
camps, the focus is on world-class grappling, ble to share and provide guidance at any time times, rest and recovery times and anything
the training sessions are long and arduous. makes a difference when it comes to learning else they have planned. One of the details
Competition camps are for attendees who are and feeling comfortable. These camps are for April likes to emphasize is that even though
getting ready to compete and looking to fine- travelling, going on adventures, bonding and they make sure to have everything planned
tune their game and get an edge. learning some really good Jiu-Jitsu. out for you, your final itinerary is flexible and
“We feel like we are 12 years old again even completely up to you. The team understands
“We typically do even sessions of Gi and NoGi. though we are all professional adults, it’s like that some women may want to participate and
We split it up between the teachers so if there's we literally turn into what Katie and I like engage in all the activities on the schedule,
six sessions we have six instructors, three to call 5 year olds with money (laughs). Ev- while others may choose to skip hiking in
Gi and three NoGi. We communicate our eryone is able to let their inner child come favor of staying at the property enjoying the
lesson plans and coordinate with each other, out to play. Sometimes we will get up in the pool, resting or deciding to go on a different
for instance if I'm teaching guard passes then morning, nobody cares to put on makeup expedition of their own choosing. Whatever
Katie might be teaching sweeps as a follow-up or is worried about a little bit of fat hanging you decide to do, you are guaranteed to have
to my class. Since we offer multiple camps out of their bikini, we are not stressed over
throughout the year, we are always working those little things that often bug women.
on new content. We get a good amount of We just want to have fun, enjoy each other’s
repeat campers every year, we want to bring company. It’s incredibly rewarding to create
something new for them to learn and continue and facilitate these experiences for women
to evolve their Jiu-Jitsu.”, April explains. who need time for themselves to just be
happy in the moment.”, April tells us.
“We also like to open up for questions and Renting out an Airbnb also allows for a deep-
discussions. If someone has something er connection between women who seek out
specific they want to learn or work on, we opportunites such as an all-women’s camp
encourage them to. With the collectively to be able to talk about the challenges they
level of expertise our instructors have, we are finding being a female in Jiu-Jitsu and
can be flexible. We have a very experienced get advice from fellow Jiujiteiras. For those
team who is able to address any questions who may not have other women to train with
our campers have and work on things on the at their home gyms the camp is a chance to
fly. On the last day, we hold a Q&A session learn from female instructors, be inspired by
to give everybody an opportunity to go them, train and roll with other women — the
home feeling like they got the most out of very same reason why April started Grap-
their camp experience with us.”, says Katie. pling Getaways to begin with.
“We have the chance to connect with people
women's world on a totally different level. Maybe before
dinnertime someone starts chatting with
Since 2015 April Parks and her staff have you and we get into these really deep emo-
been providing Jiujiteiras unique vacations tional conversations, tears are shed, hugs are
with the opportunity to learn from some given and it’s really a beautiful thing. All of
of the best coaches and competitors in the the instructors at our campsites have had
word as well as integrate themselves in a these honest and much needed conversa-
community that is ready to support them in tions and we also see the women having
their BJJ journey. these chats with one another.”, says Katie.
The bonding between the ladies who attend
The difference of Grappling Getaways is in Grappling Getaways Jiu-Jitsu camps starts
the attention to details. One of the many from the very beginning. Many travel togeth-
benefits you get at this camp is the fact that er to Syracuse, where the HQ is and from
the organizers go above and beyond to pro- there, meet up with the instructors. That
vide lodging that creates the feeling of a “girl’s gives them an opportunity to get to know
sleepover”. Accommodations usually are at each other before they've arrived at the camp.
comfortable Airbnb properties with a level of
luxury unparalleled to anything else currently
offered in Jiu-Jitsu, plenty of room to stretch

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the vacation of a lifetime with a “At our Halloween camp last your preference. The properties They each pour out their hearts
group of supportive and mind- year, as we were going around are private and located directly and souls at these events and re-
like women who will inspire you. the room introducing ourselves, on the beach in the exclusive turn so fulfilled from them, they
one of the campers shared she island of Spanish Wells, off of have many special memories of
The camps welcome every belt came to camp alone and didn’t Eleuthera, with plenty of fun to every camp they’ve attended.
level, from ladies who just started know anybody there. Her coach be had by everyone with mul- However, a recent single expe-
training a week ago to seasoned encouraged her to attend, which tiple mind-blowing excursions: rience does stand out for all of
belts who have trained for is fantastic considering he is a swimming with pigs and sting- them, the Mystery Dinner at last
decades. Occasionally they even male coach, and that she was rays, Glass Bridge and Queen’s year’s Halloween camp. Every
get ladies who don’t train at all but already feeling comfortable, any Bath — a secluded location detail was so carefully planned
want to come along for the adven- anxiety she had before arriving considered one of nature’s true and the execution so elaborate,
ture, share in the camaraderie and had dissipated, she was happy to wonders. Elizabeth Clay joins the result was an extraordinare
maybe are a little curious about be there. That’s something super the team as one of the guest event above everyone’s ex-
Jiu-Jitsu. April says that often gratifying to hear as a camp instructors on this trip. pectations. They even hired a
what happens is a woman will instructor”, Katie shares. professional actress to run the
come to camp with the intention By the end of the vacay, strong In Tamarindo, Costa Rica, Grap- show. Campers were instructed
of "only watching" some of the bonds have developed between pling Getaways will be hosting to dress up as their assigned
training sessions and within a day the women and they often main- their camp at Hero Academy, a dinner characters and they had
she is on the mats trying it out for tain their new friendships long Jiu-Jitsu school deeply rooted in a lot of fun with the costumes,
herself and having a great time. after camp is over. You will see the local community. from beautiful gowns to golden
That’s the kind of atmosphere them interacting with each other faces, the Mystery Dinner was a
Grappling Getaways creates, one on social media, sharing accom- Jiujiteiras will enjoy a vibrant hit and there’s a good possibility
that helps people feel comfortable plishments and offering support. tropical paradise of miles of there will be another one.
to learn and safe to experience If one of them has a competition beaches, some of the best Their Halloween camp is the most
something new that may be out- coming up, you’ll see a friend surfing in the world, an abun- popular and this year, Grappling
side of their comfort zone. they made at camp post, “I’m dance of wildlife, breath-taking Getaways is going to Salem,
coming to support you!” and landscapes, excellent cuisine, Massachusetts, famous for its
Rooms are typically pre-assigned driving two hours to go train and boutique shopping and more. 1692 witch trials, during which
when you book your camp. You help get their sister ready. several locals were executed for
may have a roommate or your This camp is extra special allegedly practicing witchcraft.
own room if you reserved it that Coming up! because part of the proceeds will The theme of the camp is Hocus
way. The camp instructors will go to support Hero Academy’s Pocus, the classic family movie.
have everyone setup and ready Whether it’s your traditional program of sponsoring young This is April’s favorite camp.
to go before the first training red and blue barbecue themed kids to learn and train BJJ free There are ghost haunting tours
session, which is more of an Memorial Day weekend, of charge. This is one of many and a Monster’s Ball planned. As
orientation. April explains: swimming with wild pigs on an ways Grappling Getaways has a special bonus, there will be a
island in the Bahamas, dressing found to give back to our com- professional photographer doing
“What’s really awesome about up for Hocus Pocus in Salem, or munity around the globe. movie style smoke bomb photo
the instructors we manage to celebrating Dia de Los Muertos shoots for all the camp atendees.
feature at our camps is that they in Mexico City, you simply can’t They are also heading to Mexico The photo shoot is included in
are open books, compassionate go wrong when booking your City for what is sure to be a your Halloween camp registra-
and full of knowledge. They are Jiu-Jitsu vacation with Grap- cultural experience like no other tion. Go register! Don't wait!
often individuals who people pling Getaways. Check out their for Dia de Los Muertos. Itzel For these creative and dedicated
feel very comfortable talking to. calendar of upcoming camps for Bazua Aguilar, Mexico’s first women, the future holds more
Even if at the beginning of camp this year, go online and reserve female BJJ black belt is a guest grappling adventures in paradise
there was some anxiety about yours! Their camps sell out fast. instructor at this camp and and exotic locations. The ladies
training, doing the expeditions The Bahamas camp coming up attendees will participate in the mention a few destinations that
or meeting new people, that on April 11-15th is SOLD OUT. actual parade that takes place in are in the deep bucket list: Ari-
anxiety usually doesn't last very This is their only co-ed camp, the city. All camp attendees will zona, Lake Tahoe and a camp on
long. People tend to bond very giving Jiujiteiras the option have their faces painted and go a boat in Santorini Greece are
quickly and everyone feels like to bring along boyfriends, shopping for traditional dresses. some of the vacations you might
they are part of a family.” husbands, brothers, sons and see offered by GG very soon.
vice-versa. Couples accom- Grappling Getaways has done For more and to book your trip:
“There is a special energy when modations and women’s-only such an amazing job with their grapplinggetaways.com
you come into the room and you lodging are available based on camps that when I asked the staff
feel like you are part of some- what is their most memorable
thing really cool”, Svenja adds. experience to date, it was almost
impossible for them to pick one.

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COVER STORY

MedusaSets Mexico on Fire
PHOTOS BY BLANCA MARISA GARCIA

The second installment of Medusa took place on Saturday, March 12 in Cancún, Mexico
and featured some of the best female NoGi grapplers in the world, including Kiaya
Jackson, Mattie Brown, and Brittany Way, joined by former Invicta FC atomweight
champion Alesha Zappitella, undefeated MMA fighter Macy Breaux, and high-level
grapplers Sophia Cassella and Sarah Elizabeth. The first Medusa strawweight champion
and Invicta FC athlete Fatima Kline also returned to defend her title, as well as flyweight
finalist Nikki Sullivan. Erin Johnson, Aislinn O’Connell, Claire North, and Kayla Pat-
terson were also part of the exciting all-female card. Created by Eddie Bravo and Victor
DaVila, the masterminds behind EBI, Medusa is on a mission to become the greatest
Jiu-Jitsu organization for women in the sport.

The new crowned Medusa queens are Sophia Cassella, who had an impressive per-
formance submitting two out of her three opponents and Aislinn O’Connell who was
undefeated and faced tough contenders Vanessa Demopoulos and Fatima Kline. The full
Medusa 2 event replay is available now on UFC FightPass. For more info and exclusive
backstage interviews with the women of Medusa, go to: jiujiteiramagazine.com

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Medusa BEHIND THE COVER: On our cover
this issue, the premiere organization for
women's Jiu-Jitsu, Medusa Female Jiu-Jit-
su created by Eddie Bravo and
Victor DaVila to provide support and
more opportunities for women to com-
pete in the sport with the champions of
Medusa 2. You might also recognize actor
Charlie Clark from Green Ghost (2018).
Cover photo was shot by our talented
photographer, Blanca Marisa Garcia.

SLAPS AND STRIKES?
Medusa hosts two tournments on the same
night, one under EBI rules and the other
under Combat Jiu-Jitsu rules. Combat Jiu-Jitsu
(CJJ) is a style of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu developed
by Eddie Bravo that incorporates Jiu-Jitsu
techniques and submissions with strikes.
Open hand slaps and strikes are allowed
when one competitor is on the ground.

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happenings

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IBJJF Austin & Dallas

Competition season is well underway and IBJJF (Interna- SA R A H GA LVÃO IN B L ACK G I
tional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation) started the year with
events all over the country that showcased how much
Jiujiteiras have been growing and advancing technically
in the sport. Attendees of the Austin Winter International Open IBJJF
Jiu-Jitsu Championship and Dallas International Open had the oppor-
tunity to see some real talent on the mats, particularly from the wom-
en's division. In Austin, Sarah Galvão, daughter of Professors André
and Angelica Galvão of Atos Jiu-Jitsu, ranked first in both the juvenile
blue-belt and in juvenile open class heavy female division. Mona Bai-
ley, representing Carlson Gracie Team, took first in the purple feather
female, and second in the purple open class. Even the former Invicta
FC Bantamweight Champion and MMA athlete, Lauren Murphy,
representing Renzo Gracie Houston, made an appearance and won
gold on brown belt adult middle weight female, placing third in the
open class. Congratulations to all the ladies who competed in Austin
and Dallas! Good luck to those who plan to compete at IBJJF PAN
coming up next month in Florida. Jiujiteira Magazine will be there
covering all the action. Complete results: ibjjf.com/events/results

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FINE AS WINE

What does it mean to be a

“Master’s Athlete”?

sat contemplating this "Whatever it may be,
question before my I know many women,
fingers began to type. For including myself, who
several days, prior, actu- feel better, not just
ally. What does it mean? in their body, but in
The term, “Masters.” Does their mentality, once
it simply denote age? they hit their 40’s."
Does it denote skill
level? Does it indicate
mindset? I thought about each
of these perspectives, and won-
dered to myself, “Do I feel like
a ‘Masters’ athlete? If so, what
does that feel like?

I think, invariably, each woman I would describe it as “settled.” just on the mats, but off as well, Take what you find useful. Leave
will have a different feeling on There’s something “settled” nutrition, herbal supplementa- the rest. Or, perhaps file it away
what it means to her, but since inside of me. It feels like all of tion, mindset (competition & for another time, when it might
I’ve never been (almost 46) my life experiences are starting otherwise), and overall wellness feel more applicable to your
before, I’m not sure what its to integrate, & that the lessons I of the masters athlete. stage in training. I merely offer
“supposed” to feel like. learned from them are there for There is a viable reason why thoughts, time tested advice, as a
me to draw from now. women have been statistically clinician & trainer, and thoughts
With technology, advances in I also hear the “flip side” from proven to excel in long-distance as an athlete myself.This is the
medicine, understanding of nu- many women. As a licensed endurance events. You might say, first article in a line of many to
trition, supplements, & lifestyle acupuncturist & certified fitness “How does that relate to JiuJitsu? come…all exploring the amazing
factors, I’m sure many women trainer, I’ve been treating & We’re doing anaerobic rounds.” phenomenon of what it means to
would agree that they feel better, training pro athletes for 23 years. Ah, but it does. Jiu-Jitsu is a be in the “late stage of the game,”
40 years of age on up, then they The vast majority of these have “long haul” sport. There is an un- & still see what your incredible
did in their “roaring 20’s.” Maybe been women. Many of them re- derlying endurance to staying in
they “burnt the candle at both port slower recovery after work- the game. Let’s explore, together, body is capable of. Y
ends” in their youth. Maybe outs, hormonal shifts making a how to do that best.
quantity over quality got them to greater impact on their workouts Not everything I propose or *Nothing written in the “Masters Column”
the point, where that mentality (& workout schedule), more offer in these articles will feel is to be taken instead of medical advice
wasn’t sustainable for longevity. fatigue, and decreased libido. applicable to you. That’s okay. from your health care provider. Please
consult your physician before engaging in
Maybe a health or life issue any physical activity, or partaking of any
arose in their 20’s or 30’s that vitamin, herb, or supplement.
“woke them up” to living a more
healthy lifestyle.

Whatever it may be, I know These are things, that can be A L MIN E BA RTON is the creator of Hips & Grips Jiu-Jitsu &
many women, including myself, mitigated & addressed. In Climbing Camps for women. A purple belt under Professora
who feel better, not just in their future monthly articles, we’ll Amanda Loewen, Almine is a licensed acupuncturist &
body, but in their mentality, go more in depth as we explore certified fitness trainer who has been treating & training pro
once they hit their 40’s. everything from training, not athletes for 23 years. IG: @alminebarton

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GIRLS IN GIS

Reasons to
Compete

At a certain point in everyone’s journey competition is at the very least
considered and it should be. You have already crossed over the dark side,
You might as well jump head first. Jiu Jitsu is all about being comfortable in
uncomfortable situations, right? Competition might not be for everyone in
the long run, but here are a few reasons why you should give it a try.

Realizing Your Potential & Building Resilience

COMPETITION provides a safe and controlled environment where we can push ourselves, stay focused and
execute under pressure. Pushing ourselves allows us to see what we are truly capable of, and also, helps us
grow and evolve in Jiu-Jitsu. 
Every match gives us an opportunity to develop new skills such as thinking fast and learning to take calculat-
ed risks in real time. While simultaneously, teaching us how to  stay calm and focused in chaos. These skills
could actually help us survive in life or death situations.
Additionally, competing teaches us resilience. When we continue fighting, even when we want to give up,
we are learning how to be resilient- which is an important skill to have in order to thrive. When we become
resilient, ultimately, we become mentally, and physically stronger.

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No matter if you catch Setting Goals &
the competition bug or Improving Discipline
not, trying it is all that
matters. Never stop CHANGE doesn’t come from a place of comfort. We
learning. Never stop need to step outside our comfort zone in order to evolve
growing. Keep evolving.  in Jiu-Jitsu. Working toward competition teaches us how
to set goals, work toward our goals and develop disci-
pline. Competition forces us to be honest with ourselves,
by exposing our weaknesses and learning how to build
off them. When we correct our mistakes and grow from
them, we can see the potential of our strength. These skills
are extremely valuable, and can help us grow in all parts
of our lives. 

Test Yourself
& Your Jiu-JItsu

IN A TOURNAMENT, you are typically grappling against
someone your own size and skill level. Competing with
those our same size and skill level is extremely beneficial
in understanding the strengths and weaknesses in our
techniques, which sometimes are not able to be executed
when training with partners of different size or skill levels.
We can take full advantage of tournaments by competing
in our weight division, as well as, the absolute. That way,
we can fully test ourselves with multiple body types and
while experiencing an adrenaline dump.

Building Confidence  

If something SCARES YOU, do it. Conquering your fears
will make you feel stronger. There is great satisfaction in
working toward something and then doing it. Confidence
makes a huge difference in all areas of our lives, it also
makes us appear less vulnerable to potential danger.

Making Friends
and Having fun

WHAT MIGHT be regarded as a “scary” experience in the
end is quite the opposite. Going into the match it might be
hard to believe that the stranger you are about to grapple
could possibly be your new best friend. It might not hap-
pen today, or tomorrow, but someday you will realize that
she is just as scared, anxious and awesome as you are.

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from mestra YVONE

Welcome Gisele!

he announce- we're talking about, and we've
ment of Gisele been talking about it for a very
Bündchen's long time! Feeling safe is some-
entry into the thing that comes from within us
world of Jiu-Jitsu in the face of external stimulus.
was received by many with Instead, if we are living our daily
great satisfaction, as if the lives feeling threatened, inse-
glamorized world of cure, afraid and we do not have
fashion top models powerful defense tools in our
had finally discovered arsenal to face threatening situa-
some sacred knowledge that tions—whether hypothetical, or
caused the realization: how those that come to us through
could I not have known before the media—something needs
that Jiu-Jitsu was so effective? to done about this, we need
How did I go so long without something that will give us the
training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? confidence we need in order to
not spend our whole lives with a
Gisele, on her social networks, brooding feeling that something
praised the importance of terrible might happen to us.
Jiu-Jitsu: “I believe the more To alleviate that terrible feeling
tools we have in our toolbox the of danger, there is nothing quite
better. I feel stronger, more con- like Jiu-Jitsu. When practiced
fidence and empowered since I regularly, Jiu-Jitsu works won-
started practicing self-defense. ders, and gradually replaces the
I feel it’s an important skill for feeling of unease with confi-
all, but specially for us women", dence. With consistent training,
highlighted the Bazilian top physiopsychological problems,
model who made a fortune as traumas and fears are extin-
one of the highest-paid models guished from the inside out.
in the world of fashion. Most people live out their entire
lives without ever suffering any
This statement called my atten- "I believe the more tools form of confrontation or phys-
tion for two reasons. The first we have in our toolbox the ical aggression, yet they may
is the fact that this is a woman better. I feel stronger, more not be totally free of suffering
who enjoys all sorts of finan- confidence and empowered from phobias, fears and anxiety
cial privileges, such as private since I started practicing attacks. Some can not even leave
security guards, bodyguards, self-defense. I feel it’s an the house by themselves, afraid
armored cars, sophisticated important skill for all, but something bad might happen.
home alarm systems and has specially for us women." They tremble in front of a de-
access to the best protection serted street because of intense
technology can buy. Yet with all - Gisele Bündchen, Twitter anxiety. These individuals end
of these resources available and up limiting their lives because
within reach, she still didn't feel they are afraid of suffering
completely safe. some kind of violence. The best
The feeling of security does not practice for them is still good
come from the outside in, but Jiu-Jitsu! The mechanisms and
from the inside out. Therein tools of this art build a strong
lies the potential of Jiu-Jitsu. As
young people say, that's what

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"Are women doomed to always be under stress,
as if our lives were constantly on the defensive?"

armor, both from an emotional World data show us that a very We have much to collaborate, We all need to reverse this
and a physical point of view. small portion of the population but we will only democratize situation. We cannot accept that
Jiu-Jitsu develops within us has knowledge of self-defense self-defense and expand our women are killed for the simple
a series of skills that enhance training and techniques. Data knowledge if we participate fact of being women, for speak-
our defenses, initiatives and also shows that the number of more actively in women's pro- ing up, for refusing a relation-
responses to abuse, threats and women who are victims of vio- tection networks. ship, a partner, or a sexual act.
violence. Even more, Jiu-Jitsu lence continues to escalate.
helps in the process of auton- That said, we need to be inter- This challenge is broad, it does Providing access to Jiu-Jitsu,
omy, the development of one's ested in understanding these not choose social class, nor seg- self-defense schools and joining
self-esteem and full potential, tragic numbers of violence ments A, B, C, race, religion or efforts with other initiatives that
especially in the scope of the against women, debating with color. This struggle that women aim to end this violence should
female universe. other who are interested in are up against is currently be much more than a choice,
The second reason why Gisele's this phenomenon, and seeking happening right now in several it is a mission for all of us who
comment on social media effective alternatives. countries all over the world.
caught my attention was her train and teach Jiu-Jitsu. Y
perception that Jiu-Jitsu should
be practiced by everyone, espe- THE FAMOUS
cially women. VICTORIA

It seems to me that we have no SECRET
doubt about the benefits Jiu-Jit- MODEL HAS
su offers it's practitioners all A NETWORK
over the world. Many of them VALUED IN
are already listed above. OVER $400
MILLION

However, it is still necessary
to reflect on who has had the
right to learn and practice
self-defense? Elsa Dorlin, a
French writer, invites us to think
about this question in her book
“SELF-DEFENSE, A Philosophy
of Violence”.

Are women doomed to always be
under stress, as if our lives were
constantly on the defensive?

We know that self-defense is a GI SEL E CURRENT LY T RA I NS ATTGOHNISEDMETLTBAEHRMLEAIIPDVRAYEC,SBHNAINIYFLLDBFQLRUOEUCNRACIRADTNAEERWEBRIATSCH, KHFUOSRBAND
device for every one who wants BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU UNDER
and needs to protect themselves, THE VALENTE BROTHERS ME ST R A YVON E DUARTE M AGAL HÃES is the first
especially if they have any IN FLORIDA, ONE OF woman to earn a black-belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the first
reasonable fear that leads them THE MOST TRADITIONAL and currently only to be awarded the legendary coral-belt in
to believe they may be attacked, SCHOOLS IN THE COUNTRY BJJ by IBJJF. A living legend in the sport, Yvone resides in Brasil,
killed or seriously injured, where she is currently finishing her studies in Psychology
abused or violated. Who has the and is an advocate for women empowerment. Send her
right to self-defense? Putting it comments/questions to: [email protected]
another way, we could ask who
has had access to self-defense
techniques and tools?

out of the cage

Some Women Fear The

Some Simply Become It

s we begin the year full of hopes, cumulate help us to stay on track. The out about, but they all have one thing
dreams, and changes, there best thing I have found for motivation in common: they are all awesomely
is one thing that will benefit is inspiration, and I had asked several inspiring and powerful ladies. All of
and help us along this path to Martial Arts communities about the these women were mentioned by several
women whom they drew inspiration different people, so I knew they would
success: motivation. However, from. I have chosen to highlight a few be perfect for captivating an inciteful
motivation is often fleeting of them below. Some of these extraor- audience for 2022. I asked for a quick
and not constant; that is dinary women I know personally, some bio and training background from
where discipline comes in to I have met in passing, some I know all of these ladies plus a quote they
by name, and some I only just found resonated with.
play. This is when the habits
and routines we start to

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Alia Garcia-Valadez Torrie O’neil Erin Pruett

First, I’ll start out with the person I Torrie O’neil is a Jiu-Jitsu purple Erin Pruett was mentioned to me sev-
personally referenced for this myself, belt training out of Grappling eral times as an instructor and black
Alia Garcia-Valadez. I never knew Mastery in Eustis, FL for the past 7 belt in Krav Maga who works with
Alia personally, but we were part of a lot years. Torrie is known by many in the BJJ the victims and survivors of sex trafficking
of the same online forums and Jiu-Jitsu community for her work with founding and refugees. She began her training in
groups, and continued our friendship “The Mighty Dames" est. 2017; a group 2013 at St. John’s Krav Maga and Fitness
through social media. Our love of memes for female heavyweights dedicated to in Jacksonville Florida under Brannon
and controversial sense of humor bonded promoting healthy body positivity. She Hicks. She says her main goal was to get
us immediately, and I was heartbroken to has expanded her brand over the years, 3 months of training in so she would be
hear when she got diagnosed with breast and her biggest achievement has been able to help those in her field. What Erin
cancer. But like the true badass she is, she able to use her platform by advocating realized rather quickly, was that she would
continued her training all through treat- for BIPOC and the LGBTQ+ community. need much more time on the mats to
ment and made her comeback to Jiu-Jitsu Torrie has risen above her struggles with commit herself to her occupation and help
at Master’s Worlds in Vegas this past year self-doubt and fear of inadequacies to others. She committed herself to 3 times
where not only did we finally meet in per- be vocal about her passions with helping a week and in 2016, earned her black belt
son, she clinched double gold like the true others, a feat she is truly proud of. Her in Krav Maga through USKMA just before
queen that she is. Alia trains at the School defining quote by Audre Loudre is “Your jet-setting off to a refugee camp. I can
of Jiu Jitsu (Brazilian Top Team affiliate) silence will not protect you,” a reminder only imagine all of the abominable things
in Lake Jackson, Texas. She earned her to keep speaking up and be a voice for she has had to endure and witness in her
purple belt a year and a half ago and this herself and for others. work, and that coupled with her own trau-
past month celebrated 6 years of training ma as well, is why she says her biggest
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. She is a proud mom of “Your silence achievement in her martial arts thus far
3 and an Abuela (Spanish for Grandma) will not is sticking it out. Even on the days where
of one. Her day job consists of helping there were countless tears, she overcame
support dislocated workers and youth protect you.” her trepidation and fears and made it her
find employment (she just gets better life goal to help others. The quote she lives
and better). Her biggest competition by from Andy Stanley is:
achievement thus far has been winning
the aforementioned double gold just a few “Do for one
months ago after enduring early-stage
breast cancer treatment. While she says what you wish
her daily mantra of “Gi the f*ck up” applies
not only to the mats, but life as well, there you could do
is a different quote (from Carl Sagan) she
said best describes her way of thinking: for everyone.”

“Extinction

is the rule.

Survival is the

exception.”

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Kathy Butler Cynthia Ignacio Betty Broadhurst

Kathy Butler may be a recognizable Cynthia Ignacio is actually a Ending this article on inspirational
name to those who follow the personal friend of mine. She is a women on someone who is also a
movement of BJJ Master Women. purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu personal friend of mine and even
She is currently a purple belt in Brazilian at Team Roc Fayetteville, NC (Royce came across Joe Rogan’s radar toward
Jiu-Jitsu under Professor Ben Baxter at Gracie affiliate) under Professor Greg the end of 2021. Betty Broadhurst is
Performance Martial Arts academy (Caio Thompson where she has been training an Ares BJJ student at Diego Bispo’s
Terra affiliation) in Eugene/Springfield for the past 6 years. Cyn was mentioned academy in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Oregon. At 69 years old, she is in the numerous times by people familiar with Starting Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 54, she is a
Master’s 7 category for IBJJF, but due to her story. Her ex-husband and father of Master’s 7 competitor now at 65, and up
the lack of female competitors at that her children had abused her for years, until this past November, has never had
age, she has only ever been able to com- unbeknownst to the local community a match in her division, even with offers
pete in Masters 1-6. Besides personal who knew him as a brown belt competi- from Gordon Ryan to give free privates
growth, Kathy says her biggest accom- tor. When she finally was able to separate if anyone would step up. She has always
plishment in the sport is making her for a divorce, he brutalized her in front taken matches with opponents of a frac-
return to competition at her 4th Master’s of their children, where she was air lifted tion of her age (including me), and came
Worlds event this past November since to a hospital and would undergo several up short, but knew how important it was
having a total hip replacement due to a surgeries and procedures for multiple to show up and lead by example. She
collapsing femur almost 2 years ago. Her facial fractures. Faced with an exorbitant finally had a match in her age group after
defining quote is “Never give up!” She amount of medical bills while still trying 10 years, and earned her Jiu-Jitsu black
cites the fact that she has conquered so to run her small cosmetology business, belt from her Professor on the podium
many anxieties and impossibilities that if I have participated and help run several after winning gold. It is why her defining
she can do it, you can too. benefits and competitions to help with quote is the same as the brand she has
the costly medical expenses that have founded, “Roll Forever” because in her
“Never give up!” and will continue to accrue. This is why own words, she never plans on hanging
her biggest accomplishment thus far has up her gi.
been surviving this past year and learn-
ing how to not live in fear. Fittingly, her “Roll Forever”
defining quote is “Fear is a Liar” by Zach
Williams because she will always live her
truth and have faith rather than succumb
to those fears.

“Fear is a Liar”

HUNGRY4MORE? SA MA N THA S E F F, "The Wolf Queen" is a BJJ brown belt under Team
Rubao Carioca at Schell Shock BJJ in Fuquay Varina, NC. She's a professional
Follow this column online: atomweight MMA fighter and writes a weekly blog: WolfQueenMMA.com.
jiujiteiramagazine.com/ In her spare time, she enjoys cooking & baking and besides her
category/out-of-the-cage title belts, her color-coded self-written cookbook is her most prized
possession. You can reach her via DM on Instagram @wolfqueenmma
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BEHIND THE LENS

with Blanca Marisa Garcia

February, the shortest month of the year, was still filled with a lot of
Jiu-Jitsu. This month, I covered the EBI Qualifier in El Paso Texas
and the second installment of Medusa Female Only Jiu-Jitsu in
Cancún, Mexico (see page 20). With the return of EBI, the excitement
included a lot of new grapplers looking for an opportunity to make it to the big
stage. Recently, the state of Texas, called Cancún the "new mecca of Jiu-Jitsu",
for the city has been welcoming to many new promotions. The EBI qualifier
winner, Omer Emancely, secured his spot to compete at EBI.
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ILLUSTRATION BY DUSTIN SCOTT Low Back Pain Can Be a

Real Pain
in the Butt

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS iu-Jitsu can put a lot of stress Approximately 85% of people with
on the lumbar spine from both acutely herniated discs will have relief
• Low back pain takedowns and positions on the of symptoms within 6-12 weeks without
• Radicular pain (pain into ground. The lumbar spine does intervention and, often unless there are
not like a combination of bend- red flags, medical providers will wait on
the buttocks and or legs) ing, lifting, and twisting, and imaging. When imaging is performed,
• Sensory changes into the legs unfortunately that combination X-ray is often chosen first to rule out
• Weakness into the legs can occur quite often. fractures. MRI is the gold standard for
• Restricted lumbar range Roughly 80% of the population will confirming suspected disc herniation.
experience at least one episode of low Non-operative treatment for disc
of motion back pain within their lifetime. And herniation commonly includes anti-in-
• Increased pain with straining, approximately 95% of disc herniations flammatory medication (including local
coughing, sneezing occur at L4/5 or L5/S1. Lumbar disc corticosteroid injections), education,
• Pain increased with sitting herniation, which is a small displace- and physical therapy. Over 40% of
ment of the disc material outside of the people who receive conservative care
(increases pressure to the margins of the disc space (1), is most will undergo surgical treatment within
nerve root by 40%) common from age 30-50 and in men to two years. For people who do undergo
women at a rate of two to one. surgery, there is a 7-18% risk of reherni-
Disc degeneration is associated with ation within two years and 80% of those
disc herniation. The disc undergoes people will have another surgery. (2)
dehydration and collapse which pulls So the next time your back starts
on the annulus fibrosus and creates hurting or you start having pain in
tears that allows the annulus pulposus your gluteal region, consider that it
(inner core) to herniate. Then when may be a disc herniation with irrita-
repetitive mechanical stress is added, tion to the nerve root. The best way
it creates a slow, gradual onset and for Jiujiterias to avoid disc herniation
chronic symptoms. The other common pain is prevention in the form of core
way to herniate a disc is a large axial and gluteal strengthening, good sleep,
load on a healthy disc that will cause good nutrition, and avoidance
acute sharp symptoms. (1)
of overtraining. Y

OF THE POPULATION WILL EXPERIENCE C HRIS F L E TC HE R has her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the
AT LEAST ONE EPISODE OF LOW BACK University of Iowa and owns Combat Arts Physical Therapy in Spokane,
PAIN WITHIN THEIR LIFETIME. Washington. She is a purple belt under Newborn Cascao Jiu Jitsu, and is
happy to answer your questions regarding musculoskeletal injuries.
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a medical condition.

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2 4 1. SOPHIA MCDERMOTT LIFESTYLE CAMP:
3 Professora Sophia McDermott, Australia's first
5 female Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black-belt is the founder
of SophiaFit. She regularly offers lifestyle camps for
women in beautiful locations where the ladies get
to train, drill technique, roll, stretch and unwind at
beach yoga classes, learn about nutrition, fitness,
make new friends and train with Sophia. Check out
her programs specifically designed for women and
upcoming events at: sophiamcdermott.com

2. GUSTAVO MACHADO BJJ ROCKY MOUNT, NC:
Professor Eric Griffin has recently started offering a

women's-only class for the ladies of Rocky Mount
on Saturday mornings. The class has been growing

steadily and these Jiujiteiras are getting a great
workout, learning how to defend themselves,

all while having a blast. Check out their fearless
female wolf squad. A-wooooo!!!

3. GIRLS IN GIS SEMINAR, BOISE, IDAHO:
Our contributing writer Almine Barton was all smiles

when she finally got to meet one of our very own
trailblazers in person, Shama Ko, director of Girls in
Gis. Thank you ladies for your dedication to women

in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. You are both an inspiration!
4. CARLSON GRACIE BJJ MELBOURNE, FL:

Jiujiteira Magazine's founder, Evelyn Sutton, with
Jiujiteiras Brionna and Natasha sharing a sweet

choke between friends after class.

5. IBJJF LA OPEN, LOS ANGELES, CA:
Congratulations to the winning teams of IBJJF LA
Open that took place the weekend of March 19th.

1. Atos Jiu-Jitsu 2. CheckMat 3. Gracie Barra
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6. CARLSON GRACIE BJJ MELBOURNE, FL:
Florida Jiujiteiras had an opportunity to train
with multi-world champion Professor Kristian
Woodmansee during his NoGi seminar and learned
a thing or two about takedowns, how to maintain
tempo during rolls and executing submissions with

efficiency against larger opponents.

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