I also want to point out that I’ve reorganized my blogroll a little. My blogroll is linked directly to my Google Reader subscription lists. So, if you see a blog in my blogroll, it means that I’ve subscribed to that feed. Also, it saves me some time updating the blogroll by automating the process. If anyone wants to know how I did that, I’d be happy to post up some instructions.
But back to the point, I unsubscribed to a lot of blogs. Basically, if the blog hasn’t been updated in over a year, or never really got off the ground (meaning less than about 10 or so total posts) I unsubscribed. I also added a section for Women in BJJ, as well as broke out the blogs that are mainly school announcements and such. I hope it helps some people connect to the growing online community of Jits addicts.
We get women training at our school periodically. Elena, my bud, trains regularly and has 2 stripes on her white belt now. We have another female that started not too long ago who seems to have a pretty good attitude. I hope she sticks around. What prompted the revamping of the blogroll is I mentioned to her that there seemed to be a pretty tight online support network for women who train in BJJ. Way back in February, 2008, Valerie Worthington (currently a brown belt) talked with Caleb on Episode 103 of the Fightworks Podcast. In the interview, Valerie talked about some of the challenges that women face in BJJ that had never occurred to me. So, I emailed my new training partner some links to the great blogs kept by women who train.
And with that in mind, I thought I’d highlight a few of those blogs.
Last week, I mentioned Georgette’s blog, but she has to get some mention here, too. It just makes sense. The only thing I don’t like about her blog is that it’s obvious she’s way smarter than me, and that intimidates me a little. But whatever. Don’t psychoanalyze me! Instead, check out her articles on Whitebelt Don’ts and Any Belt Don’ts.
Gringa BJJ is another blog I’ve been reading for a while now. Elyse, the blog owner, is a purple belt in BJJ and trains somewhere over in Virginia. Elyse offers an interesting view of BJJ from the perspective of a younger person (younger than me, at least). Elyse is 23/24 and takes her training pretty seriously. Fun to read.
Another one I’ve been reading for a while now is Fifty/50 BJJ Cailín, a blog kept by Jen who trains with her boyfriend at his BJJ school in Northern Virginia. Jen has written several articles that I’ve liked including one recently on Safe Training Rules for Women.
I’ve only recently stumbled on MegLog, Meg’s BJJ log and equipment review blog. Meg’s over in the UK and has been blogging for a while now. BJJ Excellence through Fearlessness is a good example of the great stuff she’s writing over there. I think, as a newish blue belt, the fear of being tapped by a white belt is at once absurd and unavoidable. We all go through it, and at some point, we all realize it’s just not that big a deal. Meg articulates this well.
Finally, I want to mention Val’s blog again. Prancing and Sucking is a funny name for a BJJ blog, but if I remember correctly, it refers to her original intent with the blog, which was to document her travels for a time prancing around the USA back in 2006 training at various BJJ clubs, and sucking at BJJ while she did it. While, as a brown belt who lives down in California now I don’t think she does a lot of prancing anymore, and as a brown belt who has many medals and accolades under her belt she clearly doesn’t suck at BJJ, her blog is a good read. Check out one of her recent posts, Curve Ball, for a link to a YouTube vid of Valerie putting Ryan Hall to sleep with an arm-in guillotine counter.
And for other great blogs, check out my blogroll. Let me know if you think I’m missing anyone.