Empower, Educate, 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.











Survey Series

Survey 01 #SupportLadiesBJJ


If you are female that trains Jiu Jitsu you can support girls of all ages in our sport by filling out the first of a series of surveys. 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.

3 Exercises that will improve your balance for Jiu Jitsu:


We need our balance in Jiu Jitsu on a regular basis. Think about all the times you have found yourself hopping on one leg to defend a single leg takedown or the balancing act of defending someone’s x guard. Incorporate these exercises into your routine and take your balance game up a notch.

The Star Balance:  

  • Start standing on both feet while holding a small medicine ball or a light dumbbell on one side with the arm fully extended
  • Lean your body to that same side as far as you can while staying balanced then return to the start position and repeat
  • 3 sets, 10 reps each leg


Single leg cone pick ups:  

  • Set 4 cones in front of you in a straight line
  • Stand on one foot and reach down to pick up the cones one by one extending the lifted leg
  • Use the same side hand as the leg that is lifted to pick up each cone
  • After picking up all of the cones, put them back one by one in the same way
  • Make sure to return to a full standing position before you go to the next cone
  • Switch legs and repeat
  •  3 sets on each leg, 4 cones


Single leg hops:  

  • Stand on one foot and hop forward and back and side to side
  • 3 sets on each leg for 30-60 seconds depending on your conditioning



Written By:

Denise Houle

NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Corrective Exercise Specialist

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt under Roberto Traven




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