The Makings of a Legend- An Interview with Kris Shaw, Founder and Editor of BJJ Legends Magazine
Posted: Dec 15 2014
The DeuS Fight team had an opportunity to turn the tables on Kris Shaw, the founder and editor of BJJ Legends magazine and actually interview her for once. We were introduced through our good friend Elena Stowell who is doing some amazing work through her foundation, the Carly Stowell Foundation, and Jammin BJJ. Kris was insightful and witty during our chat with her. We really appreciate her taking the time.
BJJ Legends- The traditional definition of a Legend includes amazing stories that while based on truth are almost folklore in status. That said, in the early 1600's Protestants actually used the word Legend to describe the story of Saints. And, while Kris would certainly not describe herself as a legend or saint, we were certainly humbled by our interview with her. Throughout her Jiu Jitsu journey over the years, she has made meaningful and lasting friendships, become a mother, been a loving and supportive wife, taught and mentored others through their Jiu Jitsu journey, and embraced life in way the reminds us how impactful we can all be in making a difference. These traits not only embody what the DeuS brand is all about, they inspire us and are the makings of a real Legend. Thank you so much for your time Kris!
*Our Interview with Kris*
DeuS: When and how did BJJ Legends get started?
Kris: We started the magazine in 2007. I had just lost the worlds and knew that I wasn’t going to fight anymore. The magazine was a way for me to stay connected with the sport. It really took the place of competing in tournaments.
DeuS: We haven't seen the magazine in a while what is going on, what are your plans?
Kris: Well, we haven’t made a magazine in 2 years. I have the next issue on my desktop, it just needs a couple dozen more hours. Life and our kids keep pulling me away. If I was willing to sacrifice a few more hours of sleep each night, I could finish. But at the end of the day, after lunches, gymnastics, Jiu-Jitsu, and soccer, sleep wins out.
Kris: I got my black belt in 2005 from Leka Vieira. I am so very honored to be a woman who received her black belt from a woman. My Jiu-Jitsu path has taken some twists and turns. I started BJJ in Texas in a class called Reality Combat. Then I trained with Rigan Machado and the Machado brothers from 1998 until 2004 when Leka started her own academy. For the last 7 years I have called Tinguinha’s in Anaheim Hills home. Those guys are like brothers to me.
Kris: I’d like to say thank you to all the writers who have given us their time and the stories over the years. We are a grass roots community magazine. Thanks to writers like Deneatra Terry, Kenneth Brown and a dozen others who have written for us over the years.
To find out more, check out BJJ Legends Magazine.