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

The unfortunate murder of George Floyd has sparked nationwide protest that is not new. Many of the cries of “No Justice, No Peace” come from the same place as when it was chanted other times such as the 1960s. One phrase aspect of the moment, defunding the police, has gained a lot of steam as well. As those with negative intentions attempt to twist the meaning and purpose of said call to defend law enforcement, there is a space needed to explain what exactly defunding the police means. There will still be those that feign a misunderstanding, but the push...

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Black Lives Matter, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Civil Rights, Grappling, Martial Arts, Oppression, Racism, Racism in America, Social Justice, Sports, United States -

“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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Black Lives Matter, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Criminal Justice Reform, Grappling, MAGA, Martial Arts, Oppression, Racism, Racism in America, Social Justice, Sports -

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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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, United States -

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, Cancel Culture, Grappling, Martial Arts, Racism in America, Sports -

In the wake of the civil unrest that has impacted much of the United States, the sports and fitness industries are being forced to reconcile several questionable decisions throughout the years. One interesting development is the push for organizations to distance themselves from personalities that are now deemed “problematic.” The lucrative CrossFit industry went through this issue earlier this month. Professional wrestling is facing a similar pattern right this moment. There is a continued push for the same to happen in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and that developing story is intriguing to watch. Cancel culture is a topic that deserves its...

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