Dragon's Tale

Just another female BJJ enthusiast

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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™‚

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Just another day

Today was just another day of training. Started my day off with conditioning at the gym with my coach then BJJ and some kickboxing. Saturdays are typically more laid back and relaxed type training. I rolled with two bigger guys in our gym. Sparring in kickboxing was not fun. I never really enjoy sparring but it’s good to do. Anywho…here are the videos from my matches last weekend at the tournament.

Please feel free to leave any comments or observations.

Happy New Year!

First off, Happy New Year everyone!!! πŸ™‚ The end of the year was pretty crazy in our house but we enjoyed the holidays and spending time with friends and family.

A little while after my last post, my husband and I attended a seminar taught by Samuel Braga. It was a fabulous seminar and I learned a TON! He did a lot of instruction on basic spider guard, some De la Riva guard and X guard. I was excited to get further instruction on working more open guards. We stayed after the seminar for some open mat rolling. It was definitely an adjustment rolling with new people. I was, as usual, the only female there. I was so apprehensive and anxious before the seminar because I have never been to another gym before. All my insecurities were coming out in full force. In the end, it was a great experience and my anxiety was really unnecessary.

Toward the end of December, my training was not as consistent as I would have liked but hopefully getting that back on track now. My coach has started a new training schedule and it seems to be popular. There are a lot more gi classes and so my husband and I were very excited for that! πŸ™‚ He and I have also decided to try and get back into kickboxing. I’m not quite as excited for that but really I’m sure I’ll enjoy it once I start doing it regularly again.

As far as my healthy eating habits and all…I was doing very well through the month of November and December and started seeing some results. It was definitely more difficult over the holidays but I didn’t indulge too much. πŸ™‚ I am back on track now and hoping to be in the best shape of my life this year!!!!

It’s about time!

Last Tuesday I went with my husband to BJJ class just to sit and watch since I was still not feeling quite up to par. It was torture having to just observe rather than being on the mat myself. I could feel myself shifting slightly to mimic the moves on the sidelines. πŸ™‚ While I was dying to be on the mat rolling I appreciated the new perspective I got from simply watching. Usually my coach separates the class into sections depending on who is in attendance and their skill level (not always by belt). I had the opportunity to see what was going on in each of the two groups he had that night and it was nice change of pace.

Last Thursday I finally decided to brave Kickboxing and BJJ class. My cardio was most certainly down. I was lucky in that my mother-in-law was in town visiting so she also came to class with my husband and me. I got to work with her during kickboxing and appreciated the slower pace. Sparring was not fun, to say the least.

BJJ class was awesome! πŸ™‚ It was wonderful be back in the swing of things. We worked on two half guard passes…my first time working half guard at all! Then I got to work on this cool variation of a scissor sweep. I was in a group of 3 working the half guard pass with my husband and another guy. I was silly enough to tell my husband to stop treating me with care and that he could work the pass on me…not my best decision. As he was passing, I could feel the pressure on my ribs and a bit of pain. It stuck with me through the rest of the night but at least it was not unbearable. I rolled with 3 guys that night and did pretty well. My husband told me recently that I should just come to class to work technique and do some light rolling, to which I replied, “I have no idea how to do that.” Perhaps it’s a white belt thing but I truly do not know how to go light when rolling. I feel like if I don’t put forth full effort then I didn’t work hard or something. Not sure exactly what that’s about but something to that affect.

We were not able to train this weekend because family was in town and because we had a fun party to celebrate our new home! πŸ™‚ But it will be back to the gym this week and for many weeks to come…I say this, of course, with a huge smile on my face! I am so looking forward to get back to what I love…it’s about time!!!

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