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

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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Black Lives Matter, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, Racism, Racism in America, Social Justice -

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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Civil Rights, MAGA, Oppression, Racism, Racism in America, Social Justice, United States -

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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Black Lives Matter, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Breonna Taylor, Criminal Justice Reform, George Floyd, Grappling, Martial Arts, News, Racism, Sports -

It is often preached that martial arts improve people in a variety of ways, bettering communities around the world. But what happens when martial arts forgets about the people that make up marginalized groups within those communities? Classes and training rooms throughout martial arts are made up of people from all walks of life. Unfortunately, the loud actions of some are tainting the idea that martial arts are for everyone. Grappling with Issues looks to uplift the voices of marginalized groups within the martial arts community while working to provide support as challenges continue to rage across the country. In...

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