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Exclusive Interview with Invicta FC Fighter Gina "Jellybean" Begley

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A flyweight who fights at bantamweight; with a welcoming personality and packing a punch to match. Invicta's Gina "Jellybean" Begley is dominantly a presence that one would love to both call a friend, and also be reluctant to enter the cage with. Ready to stand and bang or take it to the ground, Gina is a force to be reckoned with. In this interview, we dig a little deeper into the world of Jellybean Begley to learn more about her where she comes from and what's up next for her!
How did you get into the sport? I first began training in Muay Thai kickboxing for fitness and weight loss. I enrolled my son in the same gym but for the youth jiu-jitsu program. I began jiu-jitsu so I could help him practice and understand what he was learning. About 6 months later I decided to enter us both in a jiu-jitsu tournament to see if we could use the skills we were learning under pressure. It has just progressed from that point. Next, was a muay thai fight, and that led into MMA. Ho…

Exclusive Interview with BJJ Legend Danielle Martin

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Former Pro-Surfer. Jiu-Jitsu World Champ. Advocate. Mom.


It seems that there is virtually nothing that Danielle Martin can’t take on. Faced with setbacks and hardships, she drives even harder... with a bright smile on her face. I recently had the very fortunate opportunity to speak with Danielle about her incredible life and how she continues to inspire others with her wisdom and strength.

"Being a professional surfer was something I had wanted to do at a very young age. There weren't many women in the water when I began surfing but I always had a lot of love and support from my surf teammates as well as sponsors in the sport. I was fortunate to be one of the three first females that SURFING Magazine ever spent money and even time on. It was a great career and the sport itself is amazing. I got a lot of confidence growing up in the ocean and battling for waves of my own.

I first started Martial Arts as a teenager. I was 17 when I first started Karate. I loved the discipline a…

The Secret Benefits Of Burdock

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When I first moved to the midwest from Nevada, I was immediately astounded as to these beautifully large leaves that filled our yard. And while gorgeous, I thought little as to the health benefits that the plant might boast and honestly thought they were little more than a nuisance that choked out my gardens and filled my dog’s fur with annoying burrs. Having lived here for several years now and speaking with many locals, I surprisingly found that burdock is one incredible plant that boasts countless health benefits. What is burdock you ask? Read on to find out! Burdock is the common name of a genus of flowering perennials (scientific name: Arctium). The first recorded use of burdock dates back to the medieval period, but as it is well-known in Chinese herbal medicine, it more than likely dates back even further. While the entire plant has health benefits, it is the root of burdock is most valued. It can be eaten in large quantities as a root vegetable, and is loaded with valuable fib…