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The ballad of humility

Years ago, when I started my journey to find a martial art for self-defense reasons, jiu-jitsu was at the top of my list. At the time, I was dating a guy that we’ll call Todd (yes, the same Todd I mention on my about page). Now Todd had attended a few jiu-jitsu classes before we…

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The Importance of Learning Self-Defense as a Woman

When I was asked to write this article, I was excited and scared. I had so many ideas that I couldn’t decide where to start or what topics to cover. I was scared that I wouldn’t be able to write something worth reading, so…I’ve decided to just start at the beginning. I’ve never been attacked…

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Balancing Life & Jiu-jitsu

When I first started jiu-jitsu, I went on Tuesday and Thursday and lived 45 minutes away. I also worked in the middle of town, which meant running to the south edge of town to the daycare, then back north for practice. Life was chaotic. Factor in things like dinner, homework, preparing for the next day…

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5 Things Women Need To Know When Grappling With Men

When I started jiu-jitsu, I knew that my hair would always be a mess, my nails would be short, makeup looks bad after a sweaty grapple session, and I’ll have to roll with the guys. It’s just a fact of life (well, jiu-jitsu life). I knew my partners would be sweating in my face (sometimes…

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My time as a white belt

My first day on the mat was less than stellar. I’ll be honest, if it hadn’t been for my husband I never would have gone back. To keep it brief, the first half of the class was great. The problem came in the second half when they put me with a purple belt to walk…

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Screw New Year’s Resolutions…2019 changes

As you can tell, I hate New Year’s resolutions. They’re fleeting and make you feel bad when you don’t accomplish them. If you want to read more about why resolutions suck, you can read more at Hello Giggles.So instead of making resolutions, I set goals for the new year; goals I started working towards last…

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Anxiety on the mats. A new development

In previous posts, I mentioned that my school was undergoing some changes. These change presented a very new challenge for me, mild panic attacks. Having never experienced this before, you can imagine how surprised I was. I’m just going about my business grappling with a friend and suddenly there’s a tightness in my chest, I…

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When life gets in the way of your Jiu-jitsu…

Ah, life. Isn’t it great. Everything is fine and then, BAM! Like a choke you didn’t see coming, life slaps you in the face with a reality check. Great… What have I been up to… If you’ve read my about page, then you know I have a full time job. Like any job, things change…

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Last woman standing…

Change is inevitable. The only constant in anyone’s life is change. As such, our Jiu-jitsu school has undergone another shift in its evolution, unfortunately, that comes with a little pain. Then, this quote on Facebook appeared in my feed that summed up what I am experiencing. “Life is uncertain and unstable. Everything is changing constantly,…

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Embrace Discomfort – Do what you suck at

After a particularly difficult day at practice earlier this year, I sat down and thought long and hard about my training. My training had stalled completely and hadn’t been progressing as much as I would like. Striking scared me, my take-downs are less than desirable, and for the sake of honesty, I have stunted myself…

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