Jiu Jitsu : Insta Accepted

It was a Friday, the last day of school for 8th grade. The sun was beaming down, a light breeze occasionally whistled by, and there were no clouds in sight. School buses could be seen dropping off rowdy children, stepping off the bus and chucking their backpacks into the air while screaming in joy. It was a celebratory day for these kids, one that called for a last-day-of-school pool party. As girls were packing their pool bags with pink towels and scented sunscreen, the boys were slapping on cologne and …

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Intrinsic

  Prologue    Before the dawn of man, the Gods sent lumbering beasts to inhabit their lands.  Simple, yet fierce, these animals ruled the globe and battled for the pleasure of the Gods.  Soon the combat became predictable and the Gods became bored with their creation.  These creatures disappointed the Gods because they could not provide the Gods with what they desired most.  Frustrated, the Gods reigned celestial weapons upon the land to destroy their creations.  Odin, sent giant shelves of ice, freezing all life in the north.  Zeus plagued …

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Cauliflower Collective

Sergio Esquivel

Tell us a little about yourself. I was born and raised in Corpus Christi, TX.  Most of my childhood I spent living with my grandparents and my sister.  We lived in a typical lower middle-class neighborhood in our city, there were good people who made bad choices so there was gang activity and crime.  However, my grandparents did a phenomenal job of keeping us out of trouble.  Immediately following graduation, I left for Marine Corps boot camp and I have spent the last 19 ½ years in the Marine Corps.  I started doing Jiu Jitsu …

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The Making of an Incredible Awesome Superpowers

Contorted and searching for an exit, I can’t recall the position John forced me to hold before he first asked about the book.  The initial request seems blurred in my memory, so I’m leaning towards a choke. The inquiry, however, remained casual and direct, “I have an idea for a jiu-jitsu kids book.  Will you write it?” When Ground Shark, an award-winning artist and folk icon of the combat sports art world, asks you to do something, I’ve found its best to say yes. We began with John’s title, “How …

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