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‘Jiu-Jitsu Saved My Life’: Dorchester Gym Helps Youths With Struggles At Home

Jiu Jitsu 1by Shira Springer, WBUR News, June 21, 2017

Walking up crooked, dimly lit stairs, you wonder, “Is this the right place?” There’s sheet rock, an old toilet and a discarded vent pipe in the stairwell, but no signs for Level Ground Mixed Martial Arts.

After a couple flights, you hear music and follow it. You open the door to Level Ground and step into a big, bright, welcoming gym with music pulsing from a stereo, kids readying for class and the founder’s dog, Corn Chips, roaming around like he owns the place. Read the rest of this entry

Shana Pasapa reaches top ranks of martial arts in Saskatchewan

Shana Pasapa with her boys. (Ntawnis Piapot/CBC)

Shana Pasapa with her boys. (Ntawnis Piapot/CBC)

CBC News, Jan 16, 2015

Shana Pasapa, a single mother of two, has become a top-ranked martial arts fighter in Saskatchewan with determination and hard work.

Pasapa has won multiple medals competing in Jiu-Jitsu and frequently wins at major tournaments of the sport.

Jiu-Jitsu began as a recreational interest for Pasapa a few years ago. Despite a busy schedule working at a warehouse during the day and taking care of two young boys, Pasapa has found enough time to train and excel in the sport. Read the rest of this entry