Epi 331 The Mighty Dames Torrie O’neil

This week we have an interview with Torrie O’neil founder of The Mighty Dames. The Mighty Dames is a community of women grapplers classified as heavy weight (over 160lbs)

We talk about:

  • Her start with BJJ
  • Her style of jiu-jitsu
  • Starting The Mighty Dames
  • Having a game that matches your body type
  • Her struggles with starting BJJ
  • Helping new students with support
  • Helping girls get good fitting gis
  • Training gi and no-gi
  • What to expect at a tournament
  • How to treat training partners


Quote of the week: “You can’t change the people around you but, you can change the people around you.”

Article of the week: Jiu-jitsu and Vedanta: Four Yogic Paths to Mastery

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Epi 56 Girls in Gis with Shama Ko

Shama Ko is the program director of an organization called Girls in Gis (GIG).  GIG supports a growing and supportive community of women in BJJ.  Chapters of GIG are springing up all over the Midwest. Shama has been training BJJ for 13 years.  GIG had about 30 events this year.Shama Ko girls in gis

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We talk about:

  • The main goal of GIG
  • The Community of women in BJJ
  • The large growth of GIG
  • How she got her start in BJJ
  • Girls doing BJJ for the first time
  • Tips to get your friends to try BJJ
  • How BJJ helps to change lives
  • What to expect at a GIG event
  • Why a women introductory BJJ class is so important
  • Advice for guys to be a good training partner
  • Why it is important to be patient in your BJJ journey

Contact Shama Ko: Girls in Gis Facebook Page, Website, Email girlsingis@gmail.com

Quote of the week: “Risk more than others think is safe, care more than others is wise.” Presented by AJ Agazarm

Article of the week: “How to Survive a Training Layoff” grapplearts.com


At the end of the podcast find out how you can get a free Gi patch. sorry US only

At the end of the podcast find out how you can get a free Gi patch. sorry US only

Epi 25 Girls in Gis with Amber Oxford

Amber at a Girls in Gis event

Amber at a Girls in Gis event

This week we have an interview with Amber Oxford. Amber is a Blue belt that trains at Wichita Jiu-Jitsu Club. Amber is holding a free event called Girls in Gis on April 12 at the Wichita Jiu-Jitsu Club. When she is not on the mats Amber is a full time nurse and she recently bought a salon it is called Tranquility Salon. Amber also finds time in her busy schedule to compete on a regular basis.
Girls in gis was started by Ashley Nguyen as an open mat for women, it has gotten much bigger. Girls in Gis is a nonprofit organization that helps promote BJJ to women. It has been growing under the leadership of Shama Ko for the past five years.Amber Oxford Girls in gis2

Amber talks about:
Getting more women on your BJJ team
The Girls in Gis organization
Her experiences competing
The benefits of women doing BJJ
How to get a Girls in Gis event to your area
And much more
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Quote of the week: This quote was brought to us by Coach John Connors “Commitment requires an endless series of small painful actions” Phil Stutz

Article of the week: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – A Female Perspective
Girls in Gis
Amber’s Salon Tranquility Salon
Wichita Jiu-Jitsu Club
Ambers event on April 12th