When people ask me about Jiu-Jitsu tournaments my first response is often about the respect level. It's hard to get someone who has never experienced Jiu-Jitsu or that has never been to a tournament to understand what that is like. Most people are much more familiar with MMA than they are BJJ, but they know… Continue reading The Ties That Bind In BJJ: Respect
Since I joined Jiu Jitsu, many things about my life has changed. From broken toes becoming the norm and learning a little bit of Portuguese, along with changes to my health, free time, and shopping habits, Jiu Jitsu has changed my life. Before I stepped on the mats I was an athlete in other sports,… Continue reading Whatever Jiu Jitsu Breaks, it Fixes in Other Ways.
Jumping up and down, pacing the mats, and trying not to throw up is what you would have witnessed at my first Jiu Jitsu tournament. Nerves or competition anxiety as some people call it, is something that I've had to overcome as a competitive athlete. Adrenaline is something I get every time I'm near the… Continue reading Adrenaline: Changing Fear to Excitement
"I could take you in a fight", or "Come on, just fight me!" are both things I commonly have people say to me in the hallway at school or in other social settings. Other kids know that I train in jiu jitsu and they automatically assume I want to fight them. When they say those… Continue reading Confidence: I Don’t have to Fear
"We are often at war with ourselves. You have to find that balance between your heart and your mind." (author unknown) Finding balance in every aspect of your life is something a lot of people struggle with, including myself. As my favorite sport, and ultimately what I want to spend the rest of my life… Continue reading It’s Important to Balance Jiu-Jitsu and Life’s Responsibilities
Every jiu jitsu practitioner knows that it's a time consuming sport. Whether you are a student athlete trying to balance school with jiu jitsu, someone trying to balance a career, or your are a full time athlete, jiu jitsu is a lot of time. As a teenager, my time is also my families time. Whether… Continue reading Families That Train Together Are Happier Together!
Finding the right gym can be a challenge for anyone. Finding a place to train that has an instructor who's training philosophy lines up with yours, or that has people that you actually want to be around, can be hard. As a teenage girl in a male dominated sport, that can be even harder. Luckily… Continue reading BJJ Survival: Being a Small Girl in a Small Town
I can remember as a little kid, going to the varsity sporting events at the local high school. I can remember always thinking, "I want that to be me!" I want to be the one on the court that everyone comes to watch or the one in the paper as this weeks "Athlete of the… Continue reading Instead of Parties and Pep Rallies it’s the BJJ Podium
As a competitive athlete in jiu jitsu, nutrition is important.You have to fuel your body with all it needs to keep up with long classes, fast runs, and intense workouts. Since my jiu jitsu journey started almost a year ago I've cleaned up my eating habits in many ways. I started off by cutting out… Continue reading Nutrition