Dragon's Tale

Just another female BJJ enthusiast

Archive for the month “August, 2011”

Long overdue

So I realize it has been forever since I posted last. Life outside of training has been rather hectic but I need to make sure I make the time to post as well. Good news is that I have been back in the gym on a more regular basis. It feels wonderful to finally be back in the swing of things. My ribs/chest gives me very little, if any, grief these days (thank goodness!). 🙂

My coach recently suggested that I maybe start some strength training. I haven’t begun yet…I know, I’m a slacker! But I hope to start very soon. My husband has gotten a nice set up in our unfinished basement and I really need to use it. We bought some used Zebra mats to have so we can do some rolling from time to time as well as a great weight set and other equipment.

Life has gotten rather chaotic and I am hoping it will settle down before too long! Truly, I have just been so exhausted. I come home from work and all I want to do is sit and not talk to anyone…not good. I have come to the realization that training has become one of my coping mechanisms as well as self-care. Ever since I got out of the habit it has been so difficult to get back in it. I think sometimes it just seems easier to avoid it. I am working to get my mindset right again…afterall, NAGA is coming up in less than 3 short months! Eek!

In class, I have started working some half-guard sweeps and passes. I feel as though this is somehow an accomplishment on my part, like I have moved on to the next step or something. :: shrug :: I do feel like I am more aggressive in my game. I gave myself a pat on the back for not just allowing my girl friend to “work” me like she usually does but rather fighting back. I didn’t get her to tap or anything but rather just worked on dominant position. I know, “position over submission” so I know that’s a much better tactic. I have to keep this in mind.

The other night, my husband and I were at the grocery store and I ran into the Grappling Vet (student). I went up to her because I thought I recognized her…and she was wearing scrubs that said “University of Tennessee Vet School” and said hello. It was pretty cool to meet a fellow BJJ blogger! She invited me to attend a women’s BJJ class on Saturday mornings at her school. The thought is most certainly intriguing but definitely intimidating. I am working on getting my courage up to go and try it out at least. P.S. Thanks for checking out my blog! 🙂

Two of my new girl friends are going to be coming to BJJ class tonight for the first time and I am excited to see what their experience will be. I hope they love it as much as I do! 🙂 One can only hope…maybe they will get the itch, too!


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