Posts Tagged With: Gracie Barra

More like a family…

photo8 months. That’s how long I’ve been doing Jiu Jitsu. Still loving the hell out of it. Best form of exercise I have found for my body and personality. I’m learning every single day. My mind stays engaged. And I love that aspect. But even more, I find that the longer I go, the more I appreciate the relationships I have formed.

I genuinely adore the people I train with. They have got to be the most down to earth people I have ever met. Actually, most that I have met in the Jiu Jitsu community are pretty awesome people. I learn something new just about every time I roll with any of my teammates. I love that even if I get my ass handed to me or vice versa, we can stand up and finish with a hug and a “Hey! Good roll.” because it is not about beating the other person in the end. Or to prove a point. We save that for the tournaments. It’s about learning from one another and having fun.

I also love that I can talk to just about anyone with an issue I am having and they are ready to help. There is no sense of “me” in the jiu jitsu world. Everyone seems to want to share knowledge. Not finishing that choke? “Move this way. Change this. Yep. Like that.” *Gag* Tap! Tap! It’s the jiu jitsu way.

And I can’t tell you how awesome it is to have this as a part of my life. I’m a girl living far from home. I love knowing that at the end of the day, I’m walking into not just my jiu jitsu gym, but into what feels like home with family. The only difference is the hugs we give one another look awfully similar to chokes. 😉

So to my jiu jitsu family, thanks! You all are awesome and I so appreciate who you are and how you represent jiu jitsu to the world.

~~Til the next time

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I fight like a girl


We interrupt our regularly scheduled program to bring you this important message… Yeah, whatever. First, I have something else to write about. And second, just not ready to write the next day posting topic 😉 And this is my blog, soooooooo I’ll do what I feel 🙂

So about this time last month, with the encouragement of a friend, I decided to try out a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class located down the road from where I work. I drug my darling friend, Ali, and we got set up and learned a couple techniques and really liked it. Well, I did. She…not so much. 🙂 We sat out when everyone started to roll (spar) and as I watched the class pair off and begin, the excitement grew. I think a more normal reaction would have been fear, trepidation, anxiety. Nope, not for me. I couldn’t wait. The following Monday, I was part of the class. I went 5 out of the 6 days that first week. I think the following week was the same. Actually, every week looks about that way. I’m hooked. That first week, I was calling my brother-in-law every night after class to tell him what happened and get advice. He used to fight so is a great resource for me.

But I gotta say, I kinda felt like I was drowning. Closed guard. Half guard. Mount. High mount. Side mount. Grips. Arm bar. Shrimping. What?!?!?! What in the hell are they talking about?? So I watched. And asked questions. And googled. And YouTubed. Anything I could to even begin to figure out what they were talking about. As quickly as I learned something, it seemed to fall right out of my ear. The one thing that I learned pretty early on was that my brain does not automatically operate in BJJ. Just about anything I learned seemed counterintuitive.

Oh, so you did this?? My reaction: move away. BJJ method: get closer. But that is one of the greatest lures to the sport for me. It is a thinking game. Human chess. Your opponent makes a move. What are your options? Read the situation. Assess. Move. When I leave class in the evenings, I am worn out. WORN THE FUCK OUT! But my mind is in hyperdrive. Replaying what we learned. What we practiced. What happened when I rolled. I’m already planning on what to research. What to read up on. What videos to seek out on YouTube. The bruises, the many, many bruises, I wear with pride. I earned those. And I’m learning. Oh man, am I learning.

And I’m glad I picked the school I did. I have the best classmates in the world. They are all ready to help me. Give me advice. Show me where I went wrong. The other night I got caught in a position so after class, I was shown how to get out of it the next time it happened. Little did I know the next time was going to be the next night. And I didn’t get caught again. And it was all because of great and very helpful advice. I love being a part of the Gracie family of fighters. 🙂

65598_10200656827375737_1381282187_nThe best part???? I got my first stripe the other night. YaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaY! Very excited and was completely caught off guard when the professor called my name. I’m pretty sure I skipped over to him. No, I’m sure I did. But I couldn’t help it. I’m a girl. That fights. 🙂 It felt great to move a step ahead.

But even better? The feeling like I am beginning to tread water. I’m no longer as confused by the terms used in class. I’ve done and am continuing to do my research. Again, I’m obssessed. 🙂 My body has begun to figure out how to move. Well, a little. I’m still getting smashed, but it is now taking a little bit longer.

So now this is what I do for fun and how I spend my evenings:

~~Til the next time… (maybe on the mat 😉 )

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