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Catch phrases and hashtags are the norm its today’s social media driven world. Everyone looks to go “viral” with a one-liner that captures the attention of the masses. However, it is important to know the history behind the phrases that have been popularized by social platforms. That is why it is troublesome when you see gyms, promotions and “well-respected” organizations use the phrase “Blue Lives Matter.” A term that may seem simple to understand, but when recognizing its etymology, this is a phrase meant to silence minorities and oppressed groups. The history to Blue Lives Matter messaging dates to 2014....

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During these times of civil unrest, support from allies is an important aspect as to whether the struggle will “succeed.” Those that stand on the sideline silent are culpable in the actions that further quell the voices of marginalized groups. Therefore, it is important to see various brands and companies take a stand in support for those pushing for change. Within the martial arts industry it seems as that vocal support has been far and few between. But there are groups that are taking a stand where needed and they deserve to be recognized for their work. Schools, grappling promotions,...

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu adds several benefits to an individual’s life. Increased fitness, camaraderie and confidence improvements are some of the advantages that come from training. Still, as with everything else in life, BJJ has its limitations. One of those is that it is unable to solve the glaring issues with police brutality that have existed long before iPhone cameras, Twitter, and the Black Lives Matter movement. To suggest that “all cops should train BJJ” is not only a suggestion that falls short of the true cancer within the criminal justice system but ignores growing issues of racism and fascism within...

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The spotlight is shining on the injustice and mistreatment that continue to plague minority populations throughout the United States. As those truths become more prevalent, so many individuals have reached out to ask, “How can I help?” Acknowledging there is a need to help is the first step, but it is the first in a long ling of steps that will seem innumerable. Education is the key to understanding the impact of racism in the United States. The school system has failed to teach the truth about how this country has mistreated Black people for centuries. But there is a...

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Black Lives Matter, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Breonna Taylor, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, George Floyd, Grappling, Martial Arts, Oppression, Racism, Racism in America, Social Justice, Sports -

The civil unrest going on around the United States does not end when Black Lives Matter stops trending. The work for equality runs long and there is a place for your academy to play a role. This is an important time for community service. Martial arts academies claim they serve the communities they are in, and here’s suggestions for steps to put those words into action. Speak out against hateful narratives in martial arts Silence is a form of compliance. Many organizations have taken these past few weeks to show a commitment to fighting against injustice. There is a lot...

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