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Jiujiteiras of Oregon Series “Michelle Johnson”

Written By: Natalie Whitson   While Amanda, Louisa, and Michelle call the greater Portland area home, the Oregon Coast also offers great places to roll. Michelle Johnson is a purple belt out of Adamson Bros. Jiu Jitsu (also known as... Continue Reading →


Jiujiteiras of Oregon Series “Jen Whetsell”

Written By: Natalie Whitson   Another Portland area Jiujiteira of note is Jen Whetsell, a blue belt at Next Level Martial Arts & Fitness. On deck to earn her purple belt, Jen started the sport in 2012 after watching her... Continue Reading →

Jiujiteiras of Oregon Series “Louisa Bruschi”

Written By: Natalie Whitson   Oregon has a proud wrestling tradition, and the Rose City (Portland’s nickname) abounds with grapplers. Across town, Louisa Bruschi is a purple belt out of Five Rings Jiu Jitsu. A practitioner of the gentle art... Continue Reading →

Jiujiteiras of Oregon Series “Amanda Diggins”

Written By: Natalie Whitson   The earliest establishment of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Oregon is lost to the mists of time, but dates back at least as far as 1992, when Matt Thornton established the Straight Blast Gym in Portland.... Continue Reading →

Pans Master Women Take Their Place on the Mats

Written by: Natalie Whitson   The Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship is one of four IBJJF 'Grand Slam' events, which also includes Europeans, Brazilian Nationals, and Worlds. As in many years past, this year’s Pans was held at the Bren Center,... Continue Reading →

Herstory Comes to the 2018 IBJJF Pans

Written by: Natalie Whitson   International Women's Day – held every year on March 8 – celebrates the expansion of women’s rights. Coincidentally, this year’s Women's Day also witnessed the sudden expansion of women’s events offered by the International Brazilian Jiu... Continue Reading →

Elevate Jiu Jitsu Mag talks with Shama Ko about 2018.

In November 2017 Nicole Houle with Elevate Jiu Jitsu Mag was able to catch up with and interview Shama Ko to discuss the future of Girls and Gi's in 2018.     Girls in Gi's is an organization dedicated to... Continue Reading →

Carlos Melo and Karen Peters Interview. The driving force behind the petition that changed history for the Master’s Women’s Divisions at the 2018 IBJJF Pans.

Written by: Nicole Houle   We did an interview with Carlos Melo and Karen Peters who were the masterminds of the petition that has quickly turned into a movement toward equality for women in Jiu Jitsu. Carlos and Karen... Continue Reading →

“Black Belt Suzanne Ramsden of Maverick Training Center shares her experience in priorities, perseverance and passion.”

  Elevate readers want to know what inspires you to reach your goals? My inspiration has always been my mother, who passed away about five years ago.  She was a very good person who was always there for anyone.  She... Continue Reading →

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