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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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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Cancel Culture, Civil Rights, Grappling, Grappling with Issues, MAGA, Martial Arts, News, Oppression, Q, QAnon -

Conspiracy theories are not new, but they have become quite the talking point in recent months as the country gets closer to Election Day. QAnon is the go-to conversation piece as the group is backed by elected officials from the state, all the way up to President Donald Trump. But what is? Why should martial artists be concerned? Those are the types of questions that need addressing to better understand the real issue at hand. Though QAnon is a term that many are hearing for the first time in media, it dates back to 2017. According to Kevin Roose of...

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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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Black Lives Matter, Civil Rights, Grappling with Issues, Protests, Racism, Racism in America, Social Justice -

And it continues. As much of the United States is still dealing with a global pandemic, people are taking to the streets to demonstrate against police brutality and the needless killing of yet another African American. This time it was Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. This situation has gravely escalated as 17-year old; Kyle Rittenhouse from Illinois traveled across state lines and has murdered two individuals and injured a third. Rittenhouse is a white male who in multiple videos has been shown talking and working with police officers in the area. This is a tragic situation and in no way...

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