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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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Black Lives Matter, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, Defund the Police, George Floyd, Grappling, Grappling with Issues, MAGA, Martial Arts, Oppression, Police Reform, Protests, Racism, Racism in America, Social Justice, United States -

Sometimes a message needs to be heard or read multiple times for it to ring through to the person on the other end. Last week was another celebration of the birthday and life of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Yet, there was something unsettling about this iteration of his birthday. Something that undoubtedly occurred in the past but was extra disgusting on January 18, 2021. The continued misuse of MLK’s quotes and legacies by those who stand directly opposed to the message and purpose he lived up until his life was tragically cut short. In a previous post, GWI discussed...

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Black Lives Matter, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Criminal Justice Reform, Defund the Police, Grappling, Grappling with Issues, MAGA, Martial Arts, News, Oppression, Police Reform -

Twelve days into 2021 and finding the words to describe the start is still a challenge. On January 6 the world watched as the United States Capitol building was stormed by domestic terrorists who were hell bent on “overturning” the election that Donald Trump lost in November. A fair and free election. The fallout from that riot continues to unfold but recent revelations point to deeper issues within policing and elected officials. Many will feign surprise, but voices within marginalized communities have worked tirelessly to point out many of these matters in the past. So much so, it’s hard to...

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