KB Jiu-Jitsu

A female, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter's journey to become a World Champion and to inspire others to become Champions on the mat and in life.

If you’re on the East Coast in mid-April, you have 4 chances to train with me! 

April 15, 2014 - Co-ed BJJ Workshop @ Soulcraft BJJ in Hamden, CT from 7:00pm - 9:00pm

April 18, 2014 - Women Only BJJ Workshop @ Renzo Gracie Fight Academy in Brooklyn, NY at 7:30pm

April 19, 2014 - Women Only BJJ Seminar @ Gracie Farmington Valley in Tarrifville, CT from 11:00am - 2:00pm

April 20, 2014 - Co-ed BJJ Seminar @ Gracie Farmington Valley in Tarrifville, CT from 11:00am - 2:00pm

I will be available for private and semi-private lessons while in CT from April 14th - 17th. For more info on booking a lesson, send an email to kristina@kbjiujitsu.com

I’m coming to the East Coast! I’ll be in CT to teach a 2-day seminar on April 19-20, 2014 at Gracie Farmington Valley. April 19 will be women only and April 20 will be co-ed. All schools are welcome! $40 for one day or $60 for both. I will also be available for private and semi-private lessons. If you’re in the area, I would love to see you there!
120 women strong at the 2nd Bay Area Inspire!!! Thank you to everyone for supporting!!! #inspire #bayarea #jiujitsugirls #strongwomengentleart #womensjiujitsu  (at Evolve Training Center)

"16 Harsh Truths that Make Us Stronger" by Marc Chernoff

mikeymanifest:

-Life is not easy. – Hard work makes people lucky – it’s the stuff that brings dreams to reality. So start every morning ready to run farther than you did yesterday and fight harder than you ever have before.
You will fail sometimes. – The faster you accept this, the faster you can get on with…

I’m coming to Central California April 6! 
Women only Jiu-Jitsu seminar in Visalia, CA. All schools are welcome and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to fund the Sequoia High School BJJ Program and Brute Squad-Elite Team Women’s BJJ Program!For more information or to register, call (559) 303-9008 or email elitebjj@hotmail.comThanks to Elite Team Visalia for hosting me and I can’t wait to see you ladies there!

I’m coming to Central California April 6! 

Women only Jiu-Jitsu seminar in Visalia, CA. All schools are welcome and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to fund the Sequoia High School BJJ Program and Brute Squad-Elite Team Women’s BJJ Program!

For more information or to register, call (559) 303-9008 or email elitebjj@hotmail.com

Thanks to Elite Team Visalia for hosting me and I can’t wait to see you ladies there!

You are what you continually tell yourself. This is the first thing I read when I wake up in the morning. I have notes like these posted ALL OVER my room and in my car. When you choose to be proactive with your confidence and mental strength, you are choosing to make success a habit, not a chance occurrence. #motivationalmonday #championminded

On “Men Only” Academy in Japan

This topic was just recently brought to my attention through Facebook and I think my response might surprise you.

The topic was originally sparked with a link from a Japan based academy, Carpe Diem, website.

You can read their article by following the link:
http://bjjaoyama.com/wordpress/184

I do not disagree with the decision this academy has made. Mainly because of what he states within the article:

"Basically all men are fools. In my university days I spent all my time morning to night thinking “Who is the strongest?” while training at my Karate Club. That is still the way I think even now. When there are women around guys always try to put on a show. I don’t want this kind of showing off in the dojo. I just want to be myself as I am and I also want our students to feel that way too"

I think people sometimes forget that men can feel just as insecure around women doing Jiu-Jitsu (or anything) as women around men. Women are capable of judging men just as men can judge women.

When I started putting together Inspire, one of my main focuses of having it be a women’s only event was not only to build the community, but to create a sacred space, an environment where women felt free and comfortable to be who they are instead of feeling the need to posture themselves. I have seen many women who take on a COMPLETELY different personality when they train/roll when their husband, boyfriend, or whoever of the opposite sex were watching. Just as men are seen many times “flexing” their skill when they are aware someone of the opposite sex is observing (team mate, wife, girlfriend, mom, etc.), I have witnessed women do the same. In both cases, both men and women are posturing themselves in a way to prove a point:

“I am tough.”

"Look at how good I am."

"Are you impressed yet?"

I have also seen the opposite scenario. Men and women unable to freely learn and move because they fear judgment from the opposite sex:

“I don’t want them to see me mess up.”

"I must look like a fool/unattractive right now."

"They probably think I’m just wasting my time."

His purpose for making this academy “Men Only” is not to belittle women or because he views women as inferior (I have met and trained with one of the head instructors there and I can tell you he is a good person and was a great training partner for all the women he rolled with at my academy). His reason is solely for the sake of creating a sacred place for men to train. A place where they could feel free to be men. A place where they can feel comfortable with being vulnerable. Believing that “Men Only” means an off-the-charts testosterone-fest of “bros” talking about growing beards and ways to slight women is just as sexist as believing that “Women Only” means emotional, estrogen-filled sessions of crying and Haagen-Daaz. If they are competitive, it is against each others’ techniques, not for the attention of someone of the opposite sex. If they talk about their fears, it is because they feel comfortable to do so with their brothers without fear of judgement.

There are many people who do not have an issue with “posturing”, but there are just as many other people who do, women AND men. If he is striving to create an environment where he and his students can feel free to be free, then I respect it.

"I keep getting my guard passed. Can you teach me a good escape from side control?"

kbjiujitsu:

"Don’t get there."

It seems like an overly simple answer for a seemingly complex question, but really, the roles are reversed: It is a complex answer to a simple question.

Grip breaking and active leg and hip movement are simple ways to prevent guard passing

Grip breaking and active leg and hip movement are simple ways to prevent guard passing

Keep getting your guard…

I wrote this article back in September 2012 and found myself addressing this issue this past week. Having guard problems? Take the time to re-focus your attention to the key fundamental details that make guard work.

10 medals, 10 tournaments (the last 5 of them all within 2.5 months), traveled to Abu Dhabi and Beijing, fought on 4 World stages (IBJJF Worlds Gi and No-Gi, Abu Dhabi World Pro, and ADCC), fought in an hour long match, met many amazing people, learned an incredible amount about myself as a person and as a competitor, and have been blessed to be able to experience the world around me through a sport I love. 2013 has been good, but I know I can do even better in 2014! #goodbye2013 #hello2014 #championminded #goldblooded #focus #jiujitsulife