We’re excited to be joined in our eighth episode by Erin Herle, who is hard to nail down to one title, but of her many accomplishments is the founder of Submit the Stigma, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and awareness campaign within the jiu-jitsu community that promotes education, discussion and support for mental illness and those who are affected. She is also a BJJ black belt under Cobrinha, an active competitor including Worlds, Pans, Europeans, and Abu Dhabi Pro, a jiu-jitsu journalist, and last but not least currently training at Blackhouse for her MMA debut on July 6th.
In this episode we talk about:
•Erin’s life before jiu-jitsu and how she found it (6:40)
•Her first jiu-jitsu class (11:25)
•Competing at Worlds this year (14:40)
•The origins of Submit the Stigma (22:12)
•The power of stories (38:25)
•How jiu-jitsu can help people deal with mental illness (48:25)
•How people can get involved with and support Submit the Stigma (52:25)
Thank you Erin for joining us! We wish you the best of luck in your MMA debut!