We are Shanti and Marina and we both train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Carlson Gracie HQ in London, Shanti as a purple belt and Marina as a brown belt. Shanti is an artist who works for film and commissions and Marina is a chemistry teacher at a secondary school. Marina won silver at the Euros 2018 at blue belt and gold as a purple belt at the Euros 2019, and recently won her fight at Battle Grapple 2020.

We are very passionate about what we are doing with this platform and we believe in its mission:

In a male dominated sport, women need to support each other as we develop within it.

There is a clear difference for women, both in mindset and physiologically. We saw an opportunity to support and celebrate these differences, creating a place where answers can be found with an open door for discussion. In our personal journeys we didn't have this kind of support instead scrabbling in a world of advice designed for men, and much of what we have learned is through stubborn perseverance. What we have learnt and what we are still learning is shared here.

This is a resource for women in combat sports, with the aim to cover everything from nutrition and training to managing periods and weight cutting safely. We endeavour to give access to the expertise of specialists that is otherwise hard to come by. 

Photos by: Joshua Halvatzis 
Wearing: REVELE sportswear