Dragon's Tale

Just another female BJJ enthusiast

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It has been way too long!

So yes…it has been WAY TOO LONG!!!!!!!!!! It’s been difficult to post much on here because I am not training like I was before I was pregnant. I only train once or twice a week and, as I’ve gotten bigger, my movements and ability has become more and more limited. IT REALLY SUCKS!!! There really is no other way to express that.

I’m lucky that I’ve always been a relatively small and petite framed individual. However, that makes adjusting to this new weight gain and all profoundly new and different. I’m definitely not adjusting as well as I’d like. Sometimes I just feel like a blimp walking around. I’m actually gaining weight by the book but it’s still just very odd for me.

This has really put a damper on my training ability. I’m so much clumsier in BJJ than I have ever been. I’ve always felt that I’ve done well with the technical aspect of training as well as with my flexibility and being relatively agile. That has all seriously gone right out the window!!!!!!! 😦 Boooo! So I’m just in there doing light drilling and lightly rolling with just my husband. I miss training. So much. I am super happy to be pregnant and am super excited for this baby but I do wish it hadn’t hampered my training as much. I am looking forward to getting back in the gym, though I’m sure I won’t be able to train as often as before then either.

My husband has told me that my guard passing better be awesome by the end of this since I’m mostly working from the top these days. I haven’t really been working guard much. I’m hoping my guard passing will have improved but I feel like the technique sucks since I’m so clumsy about it. I feel like I’m flailing about, mostly.

On a way more awesome note…and the REAL reason for this post…is to congratulate my husband and other teammates for their various promotions!!! 🙂 On Monday night, our coach had a two hour long BJJ class where mostly the guys just drilled. My husband was promoted to purple belt that night!!!!!!!! I am so very proud of him and the work he has put into this sport. It’s so exciting for him! Two other teammates earned their purple belts and two guys got their blue belts. Let’s just say that there’s a lot of color in our gym now!! 🙂 Three of the guys got stripes and two of the kids in the children’s class also got promoted to the next belt. It was a really big night for Team Kaos!! 🙂
The other cool/awesome thing about this past weekend and Monday night is that our coach had an MMA fight Saturday night and he put on a stellar show and won by armbar!! It was an awesome fight and it was amazing to see Coach fight. Monday was also our coach’s 5th year as a BJJ black belt so it was a big night for him as well. So proud of our coach and our whole team!!! 🙂

A photo of Coach with my new purple belt hubby!!! SO proud! 🙂

The hubby and me! 🙂

A group shot! Yea, KAOS!

The new purple belts!

Carlos with Blake, the new blue belt!! 🙂

Congrats again guys!!! 🙂 So proud of my wonderful hubby, all my teammates and my amazing coach!!

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Hard work does pay off!

It has been a BIG week for me!!!! I trained Tuesday, Thursday and today.

So Thursday we continued working drills with constant movement and so partners were flowing from one position to another. After drilling I rolled with my husband twice, my coach, one of the brown belts at our gym, and two other white belts. I noticed that my coach was really going hard with me and even told my husband during our last roll something like put it on me. When we were lined up at the end of class my coach promoted me to a BLUE BELT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

I cannot even begin to put into words how awesome this was (and still it) and how much it means. I have worked hard for nearly two years and I am finally now a blue belt! It was surreal. I definitely did the “girl” thing and cried. Apparently my coach had planned to promote me about two weeks ago but I was not in class. Knowing that it was coming up, my husband went and ordered the Atama blue belt (the one I wanted) so my coach could give me that when he did promote me. I’m still not sure that it has really hit me yet but I am very excited for what is ahead.

I could not have gotten to this point with out the help of so many people. Obviously my coach…he is an amazing coach. He always pushes me to work hard but is also very supportive. My husband has been a wonderful supporter and constant motivator. His encouragement of my training has often times kept me going even when I thought I really couldn’t do it. He is my biggest cheerleader! 🙂 The Kaos team is definitely another group that has helped me reach this goal. My teammates are there day in and day out, not only to train for themselves but also to train with and for their teammates. All of these people have been so patient with me and my progress in this sport. I honestly didn’t know if I would make it to this point! It’s crazy. I appreciate each and everyone of you! Thanks!

So today was my first day of training as a blue belt. It was noticeably different for me. I could tell my mindset has changed since Thursday night. Lately my husband has been talking to me about getting into what he calls “warrior mode.” He was not saying that I was not being aggressive but maybe not being aggressive enough. I noticed that I turned into “warrior mode” today while I was rolling. I think that this promotion has reassured me that I do have skills and that my technique is up to par (for my level). This was maybe the little push I needed to have more confidence in myself and believe in my skills and technique. I am so looking forward to what awaits now that I have reached this milestone. 🙂

A picture of my coach and me wearing my new blue belt! 🙂

No pain no gain

It’s been a while since my last post. My husband and I are in the process of trying to move at this time so things are hectic with that on top of preparing for my match. This week has been very busy. I trained Monday, Wednesday and Thursday night…and my body can definitely feel it!

Monday and Wednesday were both no-gi classes. The faster paced game of no-gi is exhilarating but at the same time has taken it’s toll on my body. I look like someone has been beating up on my legs. 😦 I am really banged and bruised up and it seems every inch of my body is sore. Even with all of this, I am truly enjoying no-gi.

Thursday night was my first night in gi class since getting promoted. I must admit that it was a bit of a rough night…

Let me start this way…I try to keep up with other women’s BJJ blogs such as BJJGrrl, Combat Sports Review Blog, A Skirt on the Mat, Georgette’s Jiu-Jitsu World, and various others. I don’t read these as religiously as I’d like due to a very busy schedule recently with my impending move but I try. I recently read an interesting post by Georgette regarding women and promotions in BJJ. I think this really hit a sore spot with me because I really relate to so much of what she talks about in her post.

Initially, I was completely and totally stoked about being promoted this past weekend. And don’t get me wrong, I’m still definitely happy about it! However, I have to agree with Georgette about feeling like maybe women do get promoted quicker than men. I struggled a lot Thursday night while rolling with a girl friend of mine in class. She is bigger than I am, but not by much (and again, everyone in the gym is bigger than I am) but, according to my recent promotion, I am ranked higher than her and yet I still struggled while rolling with her and I tapped. It’s not that I think I shouldn’t be tapping to others, as I understand that on the path to black belt I will be tapping often, but I feel as though I struggled to even hold my own against her Thursday night. It is difficult to fathom my promotion when I can’t even submit a lower ranking fully resistant woman once.

This in no way means that I don’t trust my coach! I absolutely trust him but I am just struggling with the idea of having four stripes on my white belt and still continuing to struggle against people who are ranked below me. I don’t want to get blinded by rank, my concern is not with rank…it’s more with my progress. I just worry that I am as good as I will get and will just get stuck here. I know I have much more to learn in BJJ and when rolling I do often freak out and start using strength rather than technique so I need to keep this in mind. I do think it is easier for men to see their progress because they often have more people available to them that are their same size. No one in the gym would be considered “my size.” My husband, being the sweet and wonderful man he is, encouraged me to not think too much about this aspect and to trust the people I roll with to tell me my progress. I can only hope that they aren’t just “being nice.” For now, I will just continue training for my upcoming match.

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