This started as a blog about training together as a family, in part to inspire other women & families to get involved. As female participation in jiu jitsu has increased, as we have grown as athletes and as we learned that families training together aren’t such an anomaly, the blog has evolved. Jen gets personal with posts on ambition, challenges & achievements in BJJ, CrossFit & with nutrition, while Tom's posts are more educational, informative and analytical in regards to training. On occasion you may hear from the kids.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Recommended Reading

by Jen

Here we go - from one post in a month to two in a row! I'm finally finding time to catch up on blogs and other reading and have come across some great things to share. I have to credit Tom with finding Jiu-jitsu Magazine, a new publication that covers techniques, strength and conditioning, warm ups and more. The premiere issue is loaded with so many great articles; it is hard to imagine how they will find content for the next one. My favorite article is on page 30 about Hydration. They talk about cutting water before tournaments, the effects of drinking too much, and recommend how much to drink when training for tournaments versus training normally.

As for blog world, In The Jiu - Jitsu Blues, Dolph talks to us about why he trains. I believe he has covered it all! Personally, it is hard for me to remember a life without jiu jitsu. Check it out.

Equally a great post, The Red Menace, Georgette Oden, competed and worked as a ring coordinator at the Pan Ams. A recap and overview of rules and restrictions are included in her recent post. A must read for anyone looking to compete in an IBJJF tournament.

In regards to the picture, this was a sign hung at the facility that hosted the Heraean Games: Stop Thinking you can't do things and start thinking you can. It's important to eliminate negatives from your vocabulary, especially the word "can't". When you begin to think positively, you'll find yourself attempting and succeeding at more things. Remember, by eliminating the negatives you'll let the positives come through!"


  1. Love that poster. I need to keep that in the forefront of my mind both on and off the mat! ;)

  2. If you're looking into jiu jitsu magazines, don't forget to give Jiu Jitsu Style a try (you can get a digital subscription for £15, or about £3 for individual issues). Lots of bloggers in there, such as Seymour, Meg and me. :)

  3. Thanks for the recommended reads! I've read Georgette's blog and those are really vaild observations. Love the cover photo!

  4. @ Allie and @ Jonna - me too. I took a picture of it so I wouldn't forget.

    @ Slidey -thanks I'll check it out.