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BJJ: Things I’m Excited about, September 2013 Edition

BJJ: Things I’m Excited about, September 2013 Edition

Happy Chuseok from Korea! Chuseok is a Korean holiday that gives people 5 days off in a row. It’s often described as a “Korean Thanksgiving.” At my school we dressed up in hanboks, traditional Korean costumes, and made some Korean toys. On to the BJJ stuff! 1. I’m going to the Asia Open! I bought […]

BJJ: Photos from JiuJiu’s Nogi match

BJJ: Photos from JiuJiu’s Nogi match

Here are GORGEOUS photos from my match at the 5th Korea Open Jiu Jitsu Tournament. Photos by Song Kwang-Bin, publisher of blackbelt.kr, who kindly sent them to me. THANK YOU Mr Song! I love them. It takes my 1:15 match and shows exactly what happened. I don’t have amazing pictures from the gi match, but […]

BJJ: My experience at the 5th Korea Open Jiu Jitsu Tournament

BJJ: My experience at the 5th Korea Open Jiu Jitsu Tournament

I am thrilled I was able to participate in the 5th Korea Open Jiu Jitsu Tournament. I originally contacted the tournament organizer and asked if I could be notified if women signed up. I told him I would love to enter ANY and ALL brackets where I would have an opponent. The registration deadline was […]

BJJ: Meet Heejin Lee, Korea’s First Female BJJ Blackbelt!

BJJ: Meet Heejin Lee, Korea’s First Female BJJ Blackbelt!

On Saturday, August 24, 2013, Heejin Lee 이희진 became Korea’s first female BJJ blackbelt. Fenom did a great interview with Heejin Lee and you should check it out! This Saturday was the first time I’d ever seen black belts get promoted. There were FOUR! It was quite exciting. It was nogi, so there were no […]

BJJ and Women: Apologies

BJJ and Women: Apologies

No one is perfect. People mess up. Companies, which are run by people, mess up. What happens after that mess up MATTERS. Apologies have washback, both positive and negative – Paula Deen is a recent example of “apologies” gone awry. Here’s how to give a sincere apology: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a88OrrIsC-8] Step 1: Be sincere Step 2: Take […]

BJJ Fluency: applying what you’re learning

BJJ Fluency: applying what you’re learning

BJJ is exactly like ESL. I brought this up in this post. Now to expand a bit. In our TESOL certification program, when we teach lesson planning, we use an E-I-F framework: Encounter, Internalize, Fluency. During the “Encounter” portion, students are introduced to the new vocabulary or grammar or situation. In the “Internalize” section, students […]