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BJJ: My Win and My Purple Promotion!

BJJ: My Win and My Purple Promotion!

This weekend was a bit emotional for me. Two things I felt were out of my grasp came to me. I won a match at a tournament due to my own actions, and I was promoted to purple! MY TOURNAMENT I was at Naga this weekend in Virginia. I signed up for one category: older […]

BJJ: Competition, Attitude, and Insecurities

BJJ: Competition, Attitude, and Insecurities

I have decided I will compete. My instructor bullied me into it. Here was our conversation: Jiu Jiu’s note: I showed Diego the picture to make sure he was okay with me posting it. He responded by saying: The point is not that competition just makes you improve; it’s that it makes you improve fast. It […]

BJJ: Reflections on 5 years in Jiu-Jitsu

BJJ: Reflections on 5 years in Jiu-Jitsu

This summer I hit my 5-year BJJ anniversary. Hitting five years into something is a lot different than a 1-year anniversary, in that there is more to reflect on. Things I am proud of: 1. My coach believes in me. He had enough faith in me that he let me start teaching beginners! How cool […]

BJJ: Are You a Ron Weasley? Also, Tournament Results!

BJJ: Are You a Ron Weasley? Also, Tournament Results!

Remember in the Harry Potter movies how Hermione would study really hard, then get great grades, then review the test questions, beat herself up over the one wrong answer? That’s my friend Amanda. She prepped so hard for the US Grappling tournament in Raleigh, then right after she won her matches, she would immediately review […]

Grapplemania, July 26, 2014, Raleigh, NC

Grapplemania, July 26, 2014, Raleigh, NC

I’M DOING GRAPPLEMANIA THIS MONTH IN NORTH CAROLINA! I’m registering for this! I’m still waiting for my credit card to arrive so I can officially do it, but dang it, I will be there! I’m going to be registering for both gi and nogi. I’m terribly excited about it. I’m also not expecting to do […]

21 BJJ Improvements: 21 The Value of Trying

21 BJJ Improvements: 21 The Value of Trying

Part 21 of 21 improvements BJJ has had on my life. I AM FINALLY FINISHED! Blogging challenged DONE! This series was inspired by Tangled Triangle: 21 Days of Improvement. You can read my Part 20 here! 21/21 Improvements from BJJ:  The Value of Trying For me, it’s the stick-to-it-ness that I value. It’s the weekly consistency. It’s the […]

21 BJJ Improvements: 18 less tv

21 BJJ Improvements: 18 less tv

Part 18 of 21 improvements BJJ has had on my life. This series was inspired by Tangled Triangle: 21 Days of Improvement. You can read my Part 17 here! 18/21 Improvements from BJJ:  Less TV “TV viewing time may have adverse health consequences that rival those of lack of physical activity, obesity and smoking; every single hour of […]