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Millions of people released a collective sigh of relief on Saturday when the 2020 election was called for President-Elect Joe Biden. The celebration that occurred in the streets across multiple cities was understandable, yet the reality of the election showed that there’s a lot of questions and even more work left to be done to begin correcting the generational stains of the American way known to many but newly uncovered by some in the last few years. The call is for all to roll up your sleeves and get ready to do the labor that is needed when all the...

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Grappling, Grappling with Issues, Martial Arts, News, Q, QAnon, Sports, United States -

COVID-19 has forced much of the world to grind to a halt. The martial arts industry is impacted just as much as others. The IBJJF, perhaps the largest promoter of grappling tournaments, held one of its most important events this past weekend – the Pan-Ams. While much of the grappling community was excited to get back to competition, now that the event is over gym leaders should ask those that participated to do the right thing, and that is quarantine for two weeks. We are living amid a global pandemic. Cases and deaths continue to rise in the United States....

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

The push against police brutality continues throughout the United States. Protests and demonstrations have occurred daily for months without any clear end in sight. And they should not, at least until some clear legislation is passed to address the continuing over-policing facing marginalized communities in the United States. Misinformation is one of the primary tactics used to push back against the efforts to drive police reform, with one of the main narratives focusing on the number of people killed by police officers. Unpacking those numbers show exactly why this tactic is yet another in the tired playbook use by racist...

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“Keep politics out of my XYZ,” has become a popular cry by those that believe political and societal conversations can be removed from any topic. It is frequently the outcry when the relations between sports and politics become clear. The same has been said about martial arts as of late, when it is easy to understand just how politics, sports and martial arts bedfellows since inception have been and will continue to be throughout time. Max Schmeling and Adolf Hitler’s attempt to use the 1936 Olympics as a platform to promote Nazi Germany are two attempts that failed miserably when...

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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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