An Interview with Emily Kwok on Women in Jiu-Jitsu and Healthy Gym Cultures

Emily is great.

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Photo by Dominyka Obelenyte Emily Kwok with her daughter, Hillary Williams, and Dominyka Obelenyte. (Photo by Dominyka Obelenyte)

Emily Kwok beat Luciana Dias to become the middleweight IBJJF World Champion in 2007. Since then, she has become perhaps the most well known jiu-jiteira in the United States. She is the project manager for MGinAction, owner of Princeton BJJ, and co-founder of Groundswell Grappling Concepts, an organization dedicated to support people towards their self-actualization through jiu-jitsu. Among the reasons for her popularity is her widely respected DVD set with Stephan Kesting, How to Defeat the Bigger, Stronger Opponent with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, (or as I like to call it “BJJ for BJJers”). In that video, and in those circulating the web, it is easy to see why Emily is a highly sought after instructor.  She has a calm, intelligent, and incredibly human-balanced approach to Brazilian jiu-jitsu. One often hears her teach through physical metaphors, making…

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