Written By: Natalie Whitson Kim has trained in martial arts more than 26 years, including more than 16 years in Jiu Jitsu. She started through her son needing self-defense skills in a non-team format. Kim liked the instructor at her son’s club so started Karate (Tenshin-kai style) there. The UFC was just beginning in those days, and those matches introduced Kim to Jiu … [Read more...] about Kim Ferguson 10th Planets 1st Female Black Belt
Written By: Evelyn Tadlock Living with chronic illness and pain is something that I do not wish on anyone. However, millions of people do live with them, as do I. I was born with Neurofibromatosis Type I, which is one of three types of NF. These are NF 1, NF 2, and Schwannomatosis. NF 1 is the most common neurological disorder, occurring in every 3,000 births … [Read more...] about Living with Chronic Illness and Jiu Jitsu.
Women of Washington State, Part 3 Sonia Sillan Sonia Sillan is the sole owner-operator of Combat Arts Academy of Seattle - a highly successful gym in the Seattle area - as well as a second location in Burien. On top of running a business, she teaches, trains, competes, and supports other women and people of all ages and genders. In the words of one fan, “She’s a force … [Read more...] about Women of Washington State, Part 3 Sonia Sillan
Women of Washington State, Part 2 Jenn Lozada Jenn Lozada, a purple belt out of Port Angeles (WA), has always loved martial arts and she has trained in several since 1999. However, almost six years ago, at the age of 40, Jenn realized that she needed a change. Jenn - a small woman at less than five foot tall and 105 pounds - became drawn to the art of Brazilian Jiu … [Read more...] about Women of Washington State, Part 2 Jenn Lozada
Written by: Diane Maier Master Series "Kathy Hubble" Master 4 Purple Badass and Human Kathy’s awards and achievements are too long to cover in just one article: Judo black belt; 3rd degree; 7-time Canadian champ; retired at 19; stunt performer for 25 years in 100 feature films. Rejoined Judo at age 45; won 15 golds in her returning year including Abu … [Read more...] about Master Series “Kathy Hubble” Master 4 Purple Badass and Human