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Inspiration can come in many forms. For Barbara Fleuret', it came as a multiple-time world champion, Claudia Do Val. In this article, we discuss how a little motivation and kind encouragement can go a long way as well as the many benefits of BJJ. After experiencing multiple heart-breaking moments, Barbara has managed to find relief from these devastating life events thanks to the support of her BJJ community.

This interview is a great example of how much of an impact Jiu-Jitsu can make for it's practitioners and is a clear reminder to never be afraid to promote this art form as it may just dramatically change someone's life for the better.

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Traumatic experiences can happen at any time with no warnings. You never truly know what life has planned for you. This article isn't a plea to live in fear but rather inspiration and reminder that no matter how dark and scary your life might be, you can always find some light to guide you through the madness. For Max Barnhart, this light came through in the form of Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu. Max is a dedicated BJJ practitioner and highly qualified strength & conditioning coach that selflessly expresses his passion for this art by both teaching class and being a role model for his community.

Learn more about the effectiveness of Jiu-Jitsu for mental health and physical wellbeing as well as specific strength and conditioning exercises for grapplers and a heart-wrenching story involving a tragic moment. This interview is filled with interesting topics and discussions around varies topics and benefits of BJJ.

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Whether you're a brand new Brazilian jiu-jitsu white belt or a longtime blackbelt, I think you will agree with me that this martial art makes our communities better. The problem with this is that some communities are unaware of BJJ and do not have instructors in their area. In this article, you are going to learn how Frank Ungaro found a solution to this problem by opening a gym in his area and became a head instructor at Passador BJJ in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. He shares a vast wealth of knowledge and interesting perspectives on the benefits of Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
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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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