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Welcome to Beauty and the Gi, the BJJ podcast about jiu-jitsu and life from the female perspective.

Sep 15, 2023

We have BIG opinions on cross-training and whether or not it’s a good idea to attend Jiu Jitsu open mats. 

Picture It: You love going to open mats, but your coach seems to have some reservations. This is the situation that one of our listeners found herself in. 

Now, that got the gears turning in our jiu-jitsu-obsessed minds. We dive deep into the topic of cross-training and open mats and explain why some coaches discourage cross-training.

We discuss the red flags, the toxic mentality behind this, and why it's important to embrace the opportunity to learn and train with different people.

And guess what? We not only encourage cross-training at other gyms but also in your own gym! AJ drops some serious wisdom on why mixing it up with different training partners can level up your game and keep things fresh.

We explore the topic of competing against someone you've rolled with at an open mat. Is it a disadvantage or just another exciting challenge? Our brains are churning with thoughts and insights on this one.

We're also sprinkling in some cool stories about AJ's experiences training at gyms while traveling and the incredible connections and friendships she's made along the way. 

Hit that play button, and let's roll!


What You Need to Know

(02:06) Red flags for a toxic Jiu-Jitsu environment

(04:02) What are the benefits of Jiu-Jitsu cross-training

(08:21) Why it doesn’t really matter if someone knows your game

(10:31) How cross-training and open mats build the women’s Jiu-Jitsu community


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