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Karma and BJJ Tournaments

Talking about competing in the previous post reminded me of something that happened at a tournament years ago, and how karma sometimes can have more immediate results than we expect.

It was one of the Pans tournaments and I had placed (I don’t remember what place- again, they all just kind of run together at this point). I was intent on doing the absolute weight division (also known as the open, in case I switch terminology at some point) and as one does at these tournaments, I started to make my way down to the area in order to sign up for that part of the tournament.

As I got in line, from what I recall there was a girl behind me who had a friend ahead of me, and I offered to switch spots with the one behind so the two friends could chat. Then, as we’re waiting in line to sign up there was also one of the more popular competitors who also got in line, and they decided to jump in line ahead of me in a very intentional fashion. The girl that I had previously had the interaction with kept looking back in a sort of “wtf?” look on her face. I told her “it’s fine”- it wasn’t really fine, but we’re all headed to the same place and I’m not the type of person to cause a ruckus over a spot in a line. Risk is definitely not worth any reward in this situation.

So we’re moving up in the line and the first girl gets to the table, turns around and motions to me to come up with her, acting like we’ve been friends for years. She chats in Portuguese to the coordinator, they’re laughing, I’m standing their awkwardly because I just jumped past the line jumper – which they didn’t say anything at this point, and I’m not entirely sure what they thought about the whole situation. It was a bit of a surreal experience, to be honest, and one of those few moments where karma has a more direct cause and effect than usual.

Just wanted to share that little story with you all: the moral of the story being be kind and courteous to those around you- not only because it’s the nice thing to do and we need a little more kindness in the world, but also because of the fringe benefit that karma is a thing and will reward you at some point in some fashion.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Women’s Jiu Jitsu and MMA News, and Vice -Versa

Well, this is interesting- apparently I missed that Rhonda Rousey announced that she wants to be the best at jiu jitsu. That’s cool, I guess. I think she has the potential to do well in jiu jitsu, but it sounds like she feels it’s going to be a breeze, where I feel it’s going to be more difficult than she may realize. But then again, she may enjoy the challenge: it gives her something to aspire to while she currently holds her title in UFC.

And then on the other side of the fence, jiu jitsu black belt Mackenzie Dern apparently just announced her intentions to move to MMA, which sounds pretty cool. I don’t really have anything to say on the subject, so we’ll just have see how that plays out.

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Men and Their Partners Who Don’t Let Them Train With Women….What?

One female jiu jitsu player recently shared her experience on Planet BJJ, about how a man refused to roll with her because the man’s wife “wouldn’t let him” roll with a female….

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Er, what?

I legitimately do not understand this mentality- which admittedly even though I was in a relationship with a fellow grappler/jiu jitsuka/whatever, I’m also involved in the sport so I’m coming at this from a totally different perspective. I was never jealous of him rolling with another female because I knew how I behaved with other guys, and understood what happened in class and on the mats.

I would really like to sit down with one (or a couple) of these women and try to understand their concerns which leads them to push this edict on their partners. Is it lack of communication? An expectation as to how each grappler will react while rolling with one another (how a girl will react to the guy, and vice versa)? I’m genuinely curious as to where the issue lies precisely: I typically believe that once we understand the cause of an issue, we can work on resolving it, or at least coming to some sort of compromise.

Have you encountered this as a woman, a guy refusing to roll with you due to the request of a partner, and more importantly, did they explain why? Dudes, have you been with a girlfriend/partner that didn’t like the idea of you rolling with a female, and did you two talk about what was causing the issue? Let me know!

 

 

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Post on Grappling Pet Peeves from Grappling Girl

Grappling Girl posted an article about the biggest pet peeves she and other grapplers have when it comes to class, drilling and rolling. I’m trying to think what my personal pet peeves are, but right now it’s like when someone asks you what you want for your birthday or Christmas- you’re on the spot and blank.

What are some of your pet peeves? Let me know!

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Happy Friday! Flashback Edition

Happy Friday everyone! It’s been almost 3 weeks since I received my black belt, and I am still expecting someone to tap me on the shoulder and ask for the belt back, realizing their mistake. It’s crazy to think 8 years ago I started this whole journey, and just how different I’ve become because of it. I was clumsy, shy, and now I’m…. still clumsy, still shy now and again,  but there’s been so much of a difference it’s kind of amazing.

So, since I’m in this reminiscent sort of mood, I have some good news and some back news for you: The bad news is you’re going to get a lot of photos of me.

The good news however is that I seem to look better as I get older- just like Sean Connery! Yes!

 

In the beginning….

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This was about 2 to 3 months before I started jiu jitsu. As you can probably see, while I was an active person, my diet wasn’t exactly the healthiest… Fast forward about a year later (I’m terrible at keeping track of these things):

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This may have been the first seminar I attended, I’m not entirely sure…

 

 

 

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Definitely not the first in-house I did but you know, nothing wrong with a nice action shot.

 

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First ever IBJJF Tournament. Fun fact, this year was the first time I have been back to the Long Beach Pyramid (for Master Worlds)

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The first documented  podium “Katie Face”- trust me, there are a lot of Katie faces, but this one is tournament specific.

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Some more IBJJF tournaments… And developing a sweet streak of gray by this point (I found my first gray hair when I was 15- it was bound to happen).

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some training, training and more training….

 

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And more tournaments- at this point I’ve learned I can’t look straight ahead when my hand is raised because I’ll probably have a weird look on my face.

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Much like Sarah in this photo, while continuing on our journey we learn to enjoy the ride, laugh a bit and appreciate the time we share with teammates and other fellow jiu jitsu players.

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Back to what I was saying: you may think by the time you get your black belt you’ll be super cool, or know everything, or something of that nature…

 

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(this was a photo that was taken for work along with some headshots, btw, not how I hang around the gym out of my gi)

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Nope, you’ll probably still be an awkward, somewhat more knowledgable panda, and you have a ton more to learn. That’s one of the great (and for some, frustrating) things about Jiu jitsu- it’s a sport/martial art that constantly evolves, so there is always something more to learn and take away from your time on the mats.

Hopefully you enjoyed (or at least survived) this trip down memory lane. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Black Belt (!!)

 

 

So on Monday night we had a seminar with Saulo (you all know which Saulo I’m talking about) and at the end we had several momentous promotions- black belt promotions, actually, and I was one of the students promoted.

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It’s funny, and a little weird- it’s something you strive for, but never focus on: first, because that sort of pressure can be overwhelming, particularly in the beginning- and second, because the process of getting to your black belt is just as important as the rank itself. More so, actually. Think about how much you learn when you start training for a competition, how your skills sharpen- all for what, anywhere from 30 seconds to 20 minutes of actual competing? We continue on this journey- we learn, we laugh, we cry, become frustrated, experience epiphanies when something all comes together and finally makes sense for us-it’s all a part of the experience that culminates into preparing you for your black belt.

Earning your black belt is a tremendous achievement to be sure, but it’s definitely not the end of the journey. There are still techniques to learn, positions to drill and commit to muscle memory, more experiences to be had- not to mention more opportunities to teach, and learn from one another. Also, while I am one of the ones who received the black belt, it’s really an accomplishment for the team and the academy in general. None of this could have happened if my teammates weren’t there with me, and I am tremendously thankful for that.

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I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds in store- not only for myself, but for my teammates as well. I’m thrilled not only to progress, but to train with my teammates and see them make the same journey as well.

So, um, in closing- black belt, yay! 😀

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Article on BJJ Women Who Changed Jiu Jitsu

Hey everyone, BJJ Heroes has a cool list of women jiu jitsu players who were pioneers, and/or otherwise left an indelible mark on jiu jitsu throughout the past couple of decades.

Check it out, let me know if you think someone should be added to the list, who, and why- otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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Great Video from Saulo Ribeiro

While I don’t quite imagine Saulo as my imaginary boyfriend like SharkGirlBJJ does, I can see the appeal. Many of the positive points she mentions in her post are the same reasons I am happy to be a part of the Ribeiro Association- Saulo promotes honor and respect among the jiu jitsu community, perseverance and seeing your true colors on the mat.

Anyways, check out the video on SharkGirl’s page and let me know what you think- otherwise, have a great day everyone!

 

 

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BJJ and Breasts

Yup. That’s what we’re talking about today.

I recently watched a CollegeHumor video making fun of the more common solution active women with a larger bustline seem to go for, the Two Sports Bras, found below:

When it comes to jiu jitsu, we’re pretty lucky because while it’s a full contact sport, it’s actually a fairly low impact sport on the joints, as opposed to say running, so we can get away with just one sports bra, unless there is running in your warm up and you are just that uncomfortable with that brief period of jogging.

While I agree that women’s sport bra…(er, developers? Designers?) still have a long way to go in terms of creating the perfect sports bra, finding the right sports one (or ones) really should be up there with any other sort of gear you wear to class: gi, compression shorts, etc. There have been studies and article out there which point out that a lot of women are wearing the wrong regular/everday bra, and I can only imagine it’s the same case for their activewear as well.

I also wanted to mention that there are sports bras for different levels of impact. Again, while jiu jitsu is a fairly low impact sport, I would suggest going with something medium to high support. Here’s are some tips from Champion USA on finding the right sports bra.

So, in short take some time and find the right gear for yourself. Your body will thank you for it.

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Video on How to Not Roll with A Female

BJJ Immersion shared this video from Unit2Fitness on how to not roll with a female jiu jitsu player:

It’s pretty funny. The good news is that the few that behave this way are pretty much in the minority, and it’s a phase (for the most part) they grow out of as time passes.

What do you guys think? Let me know- Otherwise, have a great day!

 

 

 

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