What is a Jiu Jiteira?

Many people who I’ve shared my blog with are unfamiliar with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and have asked me “What is Jiu Jiteria ?” And yes, I even stumble when I say it sometimes.

Jiu Jiteira is the female noun derived from Jiu Jiteiro.
Jiu Jiteiro is is someone (male) who practices Jiu Jitsu. So, Jiu Jiteira is a female who practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

So what is The Jiu Jiteira Blog?

I started blogging about my lifestyle 4 years ago, after I graduated from college. I had to present a gallery exhibition of my graphic design work in order to graduate. It was a requirement to do something that was controversial. I struggled until about 3 weeks before my show to come up with content and my professor told me that I needed to really dig deep about what I wanted my show to be about. As I was researching about the obesity epidemic in the United States, I found out some deep things about myself. I discovered that I suffered from BED (Binge Eating Disorder) and food addiction. This led me to my gallery exhibition subject matter and to start my blog to help other people.

I started my lifestyle change 4 years ago the fall after I graduated college. I reached out to a local gym for help after I had dislocated my knee after a drunken night out. This was a re-occurring injury almost yearly since 8th grade. I had surgery on my right knee back in 2010 and gained around 60lbs while recovering. I decided I was done being unhealthy, done making stupid drunken decisions and refused to go through another surgery and risk gaining more weight. I was on the fast track to diabetes and possibly death at where my weight and health were.

I met my first trainer and slowly the birth and creation of The Jiu Jiteira was born.

I was blogging my lifestyle journey at the time was known as ”Barbells and Daydreams” but my blog slowly evolved more and more around MMA and Jiu Jitsu . I started kickboxing/ striking back in 2015 and fell in love with the fighter athlete aspect. I met another coach, who took over my trainer’s position as she returned to Australia. He is the person who pressured me into trying Jiu Jitsu at another gym and walking into the gym that changed my life. The gym that I now call home and help my husband and his dad manage. I was terrified to try Jiu Jitsu , but I wrestled with my brothers when I was younger and thought, it can’t be that bad.

I fell in love with Jiu Jitsu , and thus; my blog transformed from “Barbells and Daydreams” to “The Jiu Jiteira Blog”.

I moved toward a more targeted audience of women in jiu jitsu because there are so few of us. Jiu Jitsu is a male dominated sport that women are slowly coming into. It can be hard to find other women in the sport, especially in the Midwest where I’m from.

I want this blog to inspire other women like myself, women who struggle with weight loss, and confidence; women who struggle with trauma and abuse. I want to inspire women that they can do anything they put their mind to, even if it doesn’t include trying Jiu Jitsu . ( Though I think EVERYONE should at least give it a try! )


Choosing to better your health, mentally, physically and emotionally will be the best decision you will ever make for yourself. I promise you.

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