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Kola Shippentower is leading by example and proving that indigenous women can also be strong and resilient. Thanks to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and support from her family, she has managed to change her life for the better by committing to her sobriety and leaving an abusive relationship.

A proud native and a passionate practitioner, Kola shares her thoughts on the benefits of martial arts, and the life experiences that lead her to become the powerful mother, training partner, competitor, fighter and inspiration that she is today. 

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From being bullied to being an active competitor, Mikey managed to turn his bad experiences into inspiration for others. Through the guidance of Cesar Gracie and the Diaz brothers, Mikey has become a role model in both the BJJ world and his local community through his actions as a politician and teaching others at the Nick Diaz Academy. Martial arts can make a significant impact on many practitioners and this story is another great example of the benefits of this art form. This interview is great  for anyone looking to become inspired by a positive attitude through adversity and dedication. 
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Injuries are a common problem for athletes and practitioners within this community. Understanding the fundamentals of proper training can dramatically lower your chances of acquiring new injuries and aggravating old ones. In this article, we discuss with Jiu-Jitsu practitioner Gav Clarke about why these exercises are important and how you can easily and effectively incorporate these methods/techniques to ensure your longevity in this sport. Check out this full article so you don't miss out on preventing devastating career-ending injuries.  
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Since coming off of pharmaceuticals, switching to holistic medicine, and practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, I have lost a hundred pounds, eat better, sleep better, focus better, and all-around live better. BJJ specifically has helped show me weaknesses in my life that I otherwise would never have had the chance to see, and subsequently address. The dojo gave me the ability to break out of the cycle of anxiety and PTSD that I was in at the time. The humans I met there, and later called my teammates and homies, did all they could to make sure that I and my service animal were more than welcome, that they WANTED me there.
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Always be opened to trying new passions, especially if it's already brought an abundance of happiness and fulfilment in many of those that do try it. Jiu-jitsu has become a form of both physical and mental therapy for many practitioners and Cruz Soto is an excellent example of this. From struggling with previous injuries to finding new inspiration for life, Cruz has dedicated his life to being an active practitioner. We discuss topics from depression, back injury rehabilitation, the importance of living an inspiring life, and much more! Check out the rest of this article for an inside look into the thoughts of a passionate BJJ practitioner.
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