Empower, Educate, Elevate On & Off the Mats

Open Guard Sweep with Christy Synan

Elevate Jiu Jitsu Mag had the honor to recently meet with Christy Synan, owner/instructor of Fighting Chance Fitness in St. Augustine, Fl. and a brown belt under Roberto Traven.   After spending time with Christy at a local Girls in Gi’s event, we headed over to the Atlantic Ocean where Christy shares one of her favorite open guard sweeps with us.


Kimura from closed guard with Ginger Mark.

Elevate Jiu Jitsu mag was able to catch up with Ginger Mark in Jacksonville, Fl.  Ginger Mark is the owner/ head instructor at Warrior Defense Martial Arts in Deland, Fl. and a Brown belt under Roberto Traven.  We were able to capture some sweet details to the Kimura from closed guard along with an awesome mobility drill to add to your game.  Check it out!


Suzanne Ramsden teaches a pass from the half guard called “The Apple”

Learn a Half Guard pass from Black belt Suzanne Ramsden, owner/ head instructor of Maverick Training Center/ Atos Jiu Jitsu Huntsville, AL.  Suzanne breaks down the details of how to pass the half guard when you can not get the top side under hook.  Stay tuned as we continue to add technique videos and update our site.


Guard Passing Drills from the sit up guard.

Denise Houle and Anna Salome from Elevate Jiu Jitsu Mag show 2 Guard Passing Drills from the sit up guard.


Survey Series #2

You can support girls of all ages in Jiu Jitsu by

filling out the second of a series of surveys at:


We have had some incredible results so far, and we are super excited to see what other women want, think, feel and encounter. It is completely anonymous. Gathering this data is  one of many ways we can contribute to the growth of women in Jiu Jitsu!  Hard facts speak volumes!  We are committed to providing you with resources that will Empower, Educate, and Elevate On & Off the Mats.



Empowered by Jiu Jitsu. Together we train, together we grow, together we elevate.

Check out this empowering video created by Dana Castillo, Paul Yoon and Daniel Camacho. Hear testimonials from Elevate Jiu Jitsu Mag’s founders Denise & Nicole, and one of our very own board members Anna Salome.  When we come together we can create massive momentum in our movement to support women in Jiu Jitsu On & Off the mats.




Together we train, together we grow…

One could say more often than not a strong team starts with a strong leader. A leader who truly cares for each member of the team. A leader who supports each individual’s growth regardless of circumstance or competitive prowess. A leader who wholeheartedly believes in the overarching goal and progression of the team.

Consistency of this type of leadership fosters the hard workers, the dream-chasers, the impassioned. It creates an environment where each member is just as focused on lifting up those around them as they are on their own development. It’s this mindset that moves the team forward. It’s this mindset that sustains the collective effort towards the greatness of the team.

Of course, this depiction doesn’t necessarily speak to all great teams as each team’s story is their own. However, on a beautiful November morning in Atlanta, Georgia, an example of this evolution was put on display at the very first women’s affiliate training at Team Roberto Traven BJJ Headquarters.

The excitement was overwhelming as over 40 women from gyms all over the southeast gathered to learn and train. Roberto Traven himself, a 6th degree black belt, was there to teach and oversee the event as well as female leaders and students from each gym. It was amazing to see so many women fill the room as it wasn’t that many years ago when there were just a few women on the team. What was once a unilateral love and support from one coach to a few students was now a formidable system of love and support barely contained by the surrounding four walls. From someone that was there when we were just a few, the feeling was indescribable.

Being a woman in a male-dominated sport can feel like an uphill battle, but having a coach, team, and environment that supports growth equally can make the ground feel much more level. If this notion feels distant from your reality, start small; invite a friend to class or reach out to a new woman in your gym. When we as women support one another wholeheartedly, our individual and collective potential for growth increases in many amazing, immeasurable ways. Together we train, together we grow, together we Elevate.










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