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FIVE GRAPPLING Pro Division – EQUAL PAY

On August 2, 2015 FIVE SUPER LEAGUE, a relatively new tournament circuit in the United States ran a Pay-Per-View Event with two pro divisions, an 8-man Nogi Division and an 8-woman Gi Division, plus 2 super fights.

FIVE Super League has now entered the map as one of the few BJJ events that offers equal pay for men and women, a concept promoted with a change.org petition Support Women’s BJJ instituted by Black Belt World Champion Dominyka Obelenyte (Marcelo Garcia).

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HOT New Summer Camp in DC: Train with 2 World Champions

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For the first time ever the Grappling Girls Guild will host a Women ONLY Summer Camp in Washington, D.C!  The lucky campers will be taught by none other than the best pound-for-pound female Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter and multiple time World Champion Michelle Nicolini (Check Mat) AND the tiny, but fierce, 2x Black Belt Nogi World Champion Sofia Amarante (FightSports).

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SuperMom Competes at NoGi Worlds

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Yesterday at NoGi Worlds I was standing near the bullpen when I was introduced to Rachel Morrison Casias (Zenith BJJ) by her husband Ray. I was amazed when she mentioned calmly that she hoped they would hurry up with her division because she needed to go pump milk for her 10 week old son who was up in the stands with friends. That’s right folks, 10 WEEKS OLD!

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European BJJ Ladies Summer Camp – Video

Women could vote once upon a time, women could roll once upon a time…

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2013 European Championships – Brown Belts

[caption id="attachment_1508" align="alignleft" width="300"]Female Brown Belt Pluma Podium Female Brown Belt Pluma Podium[/caption]The ladies came to play fight at the 2013 European Championships!

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European Championships Female Black Belt Open

[caption id="attachment_1500" align="alignleft" width="300"]Mackenzie Dern v Polyana Lago 2013 European Championships Mackenzie Dern v Polyana Lago 2013 European Championships[/caption]The female black belts kicked off 2013 with a bang at the European Championships! Today we saw some of the old hats and some brand new hats at black belt looking to make a name for themselves in the new year.

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Jiu-Jitsu Epiphanies

[caption id="attachment_1486" align="alignleft" width="300"]Jiu-Jitsu Epiphanies Jiu-Jitsu Epiphanies[/caption]A week ago, I sucked at Jiu-Jitsu…but I didn’t know it.

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Names you might not know, but should!

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Angelica Galvao (Atos) received her brown belt earlier this year…
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Beauty and Brawn at NoGi Pan

[caption id="attachment_1454" align="alignleft" width="226"]Who says you can't be pretty AND kick ass? Who says you can’t be pretty AND kick ass?[/caption]

While waiting to go through the metal detectors at the NoGi Pan this morning, one may have wondered why they seem to have the same issues every year with apparently no effort towards improvement? Many of those who arrived early hoping to have time to warm-up for their 9am division were surprised to still be in line outside up until go time.

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WGC w/ Hannette & Michelle

Title: WGC w/ Hannette & Michelle
Location: Washington, DC
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Description: Women’s Grappling Camp run by Female BJJ Black Belts Val Worthington & Emily Kwok with instruction by 5x World Champ Michelle Nicolini & 8x World Champ Hannette Staack!

Talk about a line-up not to be missed this Veterans Day Weekend!

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I’m a BJJ Practitioner…and a Girl

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“My Ovaries!”

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Worlds Predictions: Black Belt

The big girls are out!

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Worlds Predictions: Brown Belt

The first official female brown belt world champions in the history of our sport are going to be crowned today!

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Worlds Predictions: Purple Belt

And at the risk of being wrong in some places as I was last year, haha, here are my predictions for the Purple Belts…

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Worlds Predictions: Blue Belts

The World Championships are back and as the ladies get their much deserved and needed sleep tonight, I will begin making my predictions…

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