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Female Champions: Mackenzie Dern

    Interview with Mackenzie Dern Mackenzie Dern, daughter of BJJ Champion/Veteran Wellington “Megaton” Dias transcends both our categories of “Young Guns” and “Female Champions”. At the young age of 18, she has won FIVE World titles, a Pan-Am title and clocked more mat time than most of the newly minted male black belts currently in the competition circuit. This up and coming female BJJ superstar … Continue reading


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Female Champions: Leticia Ribeiro – The Real First Lady Of BJJ

Leticia Ribeiro, in my mind is truely the first lady of Brazillian Jiu Jitsu. There are the Kyra Gracie’s, Penny Thomas’ and Michelle Nicolini’s of the world; all three are equally beautiful and even more deadly than your average person. However, the one woman that paved the way for these amazing female competitors is Leticia Ribeiro. Leticia, is a third degree BB under Marcelo Machado … Continue reading


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Girl Power: Meet Blue Belt Pioneer Aihui Xu

By: Georgette Oden Edit By: Laurel Ugenti Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a comparatively young sport, spreading around the world at a quick clip thanks to the popularity of Mixed Martial Arts events like the Ultimate Fighting Championship.  As Brazilian Jiu Jitsu reaches farther from its homeland, we can record numerous firsts in the sport like dominoes falling, especially when it comes to female competitors.  This … Continue reading


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