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Grappling with Issues is committed to shining a light on the need for social justice work within the martial arts community. As a group, this is a powerful population of people that are used to building each other up, through training and camaraderie. That same group should be a powerful force for social justice efforts within the communities where they train every day. GWI looks to shine a light on important groups making the effort to do the work needed for this to be the country it thinks itself to be. To start 2022, GWI is looking to highlight Run...

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Allyship, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Grappling, Grappling with Issues, Martial Arts, sexual assault -

Another controversy has hit the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community. This time it is not the loudest voices in the space rallying against social justice or promoting misinformation about COVID-19. This time, it is another story about a student being sexually assaulted by an individual that was trusted to guide them through the “  that is called martial arts. This is not new, and for anyone feigning surprise, that just means your eyes were shut the entire time. As this problem persists, it is up to those that have remained silent for years to be a true ally, supporting survivors that...

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Black Lives Matter, Civil Rights, Protests, Social Justice, Sports -

Even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage in the United States and across the world, the 2021 edition of the Summer Olympics have kicked off. Competitors from around the world are now in Japan looking to excel in their life long aspirations of sports. However, as with nearly every other topic in the space, the Olympics cannot be discussed without the political messages around them, which at times can make the Games difficult to enjoy. While the focus of the Olympic Games is placed on those in the arena, there are stories developing on the outside as well. For...

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The last 16+ months have been a trying time. With more than 600 thousand Americans dead from the Covid-19 pandemic, three million dead around the world, and hosts of other challenges raging – its “OK” to take a step back to rethink and recharge. That is why Grappling with Issues has been less active and vocal in some ways since first launching in 2020. At the start of the social movements that surged throughout the country, many voices felt galvanized to push for a greater good, for a just cause. The push back that came from so many loud and...

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Black Lives Matter, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, Defund the Police, Grappling with Issues, Martial Arts, Police Reform, Protests, Social Justice -

Here we are again. Less than one year after civil unrest erupted across the United States and the world, there is a similar situation brewing once again in Minnesota as Officer Kim Potter shot and killed a 20-year-old Black man, Daunte Wright. Potter has since resigned and has been charged with 2nd-degree manslaughter. All mere miles from where Derek Chauvin’s trial continues for the murder of George Floyd. It is a situation that is all too familiar. For some, it is a matter that may have been thrust into your face for the first time when you saw Chauvin press...

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