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According to the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu belt rank system: currently holds a Brown Belt in Writing, a Blue Belt in Running, a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a White Belt in CrossFit. I love life and everything it contains!

Just realized how huge the 16oz gloves were until I’ve put both on. I sure hope they’re gonna give me sexy delts.

Just realized how huge the 16oz gloves were until I’ve put both on. I sure hope they’re gonna give me sexy delts.

The new girl’s guide to grappling class

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So, you’ve heard of BJJ, seen pictures of the hot Kyra Gracie in her pink gi (hopefully, wearing pants) and read comments by practitioners gushing about how addictive the art is and how much fun they have ‘rolling on the mat’. So, curiosity has finally got to you and you’re signing up for your first trial class.

Congratulations and welcome to the wonderful world of Jiu-Jitsu and grappling! But first, here’s a list of friendly reminders to help you navigate your way smoothly and possibly, win some good training partners:

1. Be nice and respectful

A martial arts dojo is not just a regular gym. In a dojo, there are certain etiquette to be followed — be punctual, make a bow to greet your coach and teammates as you enter and leave the mat, don’t interrupt while your instructor’s teaching/demonstrating, wait until your instructor’s done with the demo before you start drilling, the list is endless but keep your eyes open and you’ll soon pick it up along the way.

2. Seriously, nobody cares if you’re a Karate black belt or that you bench 500lbs

You’re a beginner, act like a beginner — chances are, you’re still going to get your ass kicked. Don’t start showing off your Karate-chopping skills while your instructor is teaching. You’re here to learn BJJ, remember?

3. Be a good uke

On the mat, the most important person is your training partner. She is the person who will help you improve the most, that’s why you have to be extra nice to her. When drilling, make sure you neither resist too much nor act like a dead piece of meat. When rolling, keep your partner safe — who’s going to roll with you if she’s injured?

4. Personal hygiene is key

Show up to class like you’re going on a date. Wear clean clothes, put on some deodorant, change your panties or put on a fresh pantyliner before class. And please, please, wash your gi!

5. No bling blings on the mat and keep your nails short

No matter how nice your jewelries are, they’re never meant to be on the mat; ditto long nails. You could just scratch your partner with those, and again what did we say about being a good uke?

6. Wear appropriate no-gi attires

That’s grappling tights / fight shorts and rash guard / fitted t-shirt for you.

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What to wear

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What NOT to wear

7. No ego!

Whoever says that women don’t have ego is probably stuck in the Paleolithic era. We have just as bad a time admitting how much we suck as the other guy. But that’s the beauty of Jiu-Jitsu, you can’t bluff your way out of a submission. As a beginner, you WILL get tapped out plenty of times! But that’s how you learn, really. Just keep on going and you’ll be fine.

8. Jiu-Jitsu is hard, it’s nothing personal

So, after your first class you may find yourself a little demoralized from the awkward body mechanic drills and that you just can’t seem to grasp everything instantly. Don’t worry, it’s not you, it’s Jiu-Jitsu. The only solution is to keep on training.

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#Ladies #bjj class at #kinabalufighters! The number’s grown each week :) #JiuJitsuParaMulheres

#Ladies #bjj class at #kinabalufighters! The number’s grown each week :) #JiuJitsuParaMulheres

Reason why I don’t mind lugging around my two tonne-heavy Acer laptop.

Reason why I don’t mind lugging around my two tonne-heavy Acer laptop.

(Captured from @erinherle’s IG) Word. One should be able to visit other gyms, mingle around, train under different instructors and roll with different groups of practitioners in order to evolve in one’s Jiu-Jitsu. Don’t trust the coach who thinks you should only train with him and none else, coz he’s the only legit one there is. #BJJ

(Captured from @erinherle’s IG) Word. One should be able to visit other gyms, mingle around, train under different instructors and roll with different groups of practitioners in order to evolve in one’s Jiu-Jitsu. Don’t trust the coach who thinks you should only train with him and none else, coz he’s the only legit one there is. #BJJ

#fitness #inspiration. BJJ black belt, Michelle Nicolini is 5’3” and walks around my weight at 58kg - only with more muscle mass. Wanna get get!

#fitness #inspiration. BJJ black belt, Michelle Nicolini is 5’3” and walks around my weight at 58kg - only with more muscle mass. Wanna get get!

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