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Happy St. Patty’s Day!!

Started my St. Patty’s Day off right with some training. Hubby and I conditioned at the gym with our coach, Josh Cate. I really do hate conditioning but I know it’s a necessity to stay in shape and achieve the goal I’ve set for myself to be in the best shape of my life. Boo! It was a good workout though and, now that I completed it, I’m glad I did it! πŸ™‚

Then it was an hour of BJJ. I talked to my coach about possibly changing up some of our rolling to help me better understand the point system in tournaments. So after that conversation he had us start rolling on our feet and kept track of points. It was helpful that it was a small class so we weren’t all on top of each other. I rolled with my husband and two other white belt guys. I noticed that my husband was going a little harder with me than usual and he later let me know that he felt he had to step it up a bit. πŸ™‚ He still beat me on points but it was flattering that he had to work harder.

Then it was an hour of kickboxing. I worked with my coach during drilling and it was a little intimidating. I don’t usually hold mitts for him so I was nervous that I wasn’t going to do it well enough for him. I managed to not totally screw it up. I really enjoyed the opportunity to work with him because I definitely got a good workout but also got some one-on-one time with him to correct some of my form and techniques.Β If you haven’t noticed by now, I am very detail-oriented and I focus a lot on good form and technique. I want to do things the “right way.” So it was great having him work with me to improve these things. πŸ™‚ Sparring was fun. I really do hate to admit to myself but I really do enjoy kickboxing…

Insert segue…;) Thank you SO much MegJitsuΒ for sharing my little post on hair on Facebook and Twitter! I really appreciate it! πŸ™‚ Thanks to AparnaΒ for sharing about how you fix your hair. It gave me an idea and I ended up trying it out today. I did my double braids as usual and pulled it in a ponytail but, rather than twisting it into a bun,Β I simply braided the ponytail like you said. It worked really well and I really liked it. It actually got caught less than my massive bun. So thanks again for the tip!! πŸ™‚


Back to training

Thanks, Aparna, for the kind words. I really appreciate them and congrats again on your new job!

As much as I didn’t want to…I trained tonight. My husband taught class and we drilled De la Riva sweeps. A friend of ours who is a brown belt also came and trained. He gave me some good pointers but I noticed that I was very self-conscious rolling with him watching. It was a good night of training and I’m glad I went (as I usually am).

I thought for the fun of it I would post videos from my first ever BJJ tournament. This was back in May 2011 right after I started this blog. The video is a little painful to watch. For the better part of the match, I am just lying there. I have two videos from two different perspectives. You’ll know which one was my husband’s because several times he’s recording the ground rather than the actual match. πŸ˜‰ *haha* I still haven’t had a chance to see the videos from my matches this past weekend and I’m looking forward to seeing them (even if they’re bad). I hope that at least I’ll be able to see some differences from my first match.

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!). πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚ One can only hope…maybe they will get the itch, too!

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