The dark side of BJJ

Is there anything you wish you knew before you started training? Would knowing it stop you? Here are 3 things nobody tells you about BJJ.

How will BJJ change your life?

how does Brazilian jiu jitsu change your life blog post

This is a not a ‘BJJ saved my life’ story, but a review of ways in which your life will change over the years of training. Have you experienced all of these changes?

What’s it like to work remotely and train BJJ?

For most of my professional life I’ve been working in various types of offices. This pattern was interrupted by two years spent at a BJJ academy (you can find out how these two compare here). Neither of these felt right for me, so I’ve tried something new – remote working.

Lash Extensions for BJJ

Are you sick and tired of mascara running down your face and staining your gis in training, but you don’t want to give up makeup? Lash extensions may just be the thing for you! Read on to find out all you need to know before you start wearing them. What are lash extensions? There are […]

Guide to Competing in Abu Dhabi

I’ve had a lot of questions before my first trip to the UAE. As a single female traveller, I wasn’t sure what would be safe to do, wear or visit or how everything works in the country. Whether you’re considering competing in UAEJJF’s Abu Dhabi-based events or simply visiting the city for holiday, here is a short guide to getting around it.

What to expect when you get a cauliflower ear?

There are as many ways to deal with cauliflowers as there are people and of course everyone is an expert. This is by no means a ‘how to’ guide for treating cauliflower ears, but rather an account of what you can expect when you get one and how I dealt with mine.

5 things to remember about when training abroad

Most people go on vacation to get their well-earned rest, but for some jiu jitsu addicts this is the perfect opportunity to guest train at local clubs. Whether you are an experienced BJJ traveller or you’re just starting out here are 5 things to bear in mind before going (which may not always be obvious). 

How to deal with injuries in BJJ?

How to deal with injuries in BJJ? At different stages of my training I have injured my foot, toe, both elbows, shoulder, and knee. Some of these injuries were minor, but altogether they kept me off the mat for a long while. How to stay in good shape and maintain your focus when you are […]

How to get a tattoo without missing out on training?


How to get a new tattoo without missing out on training? Time-off can be a real torment whether you’re a BJJ junkie or a recreational practitioner. While injuries are beyond our control, self-imposed abstinence is even more difficult to cope with. Fortunately, there are ways of still getting that new ink without getting off the […]