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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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Martial Arts houses a very diverse group of practitioners that range from countries around the world and all walks of life. Hopefully, the mats that you lead look more like the world we live in rather than a homogenized view of the majority. It is important that in times such as those faced today and, in the future, the people of color that frequent your training academy see and hear your support out in the open.

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