Set Backs

With as busy as things have been lately, it seems that training is all that I can do….for now anyway.  The next few competitions around me are all on days with prior engagements set. I have to be honest, I am pretty bummed about the fact that I cannot compete in two AGC’s in my state, but I guess it just gives me a little more time to train that much harder and eat that much better. I just wish I could at least be there to support my wonderful fiance and our teammates.  Watching everyone grow in their JiuJitsu and probably earning some stripes after competing is amazing and I wish I could be a part of it, and I will be, just not this time around. But soon. I promise. Pictures will be posted as I am able to do so.

 

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Not Training from Time to Time WILL Happen

Lately I haven’t been able to train as much as I would like (or need to for that matter) and I have come to realize a couple things when this happens.. when I do not train my entire self suffers.  Its almost like missing a piece of yourself.. like when your husband or kids are away.. There is just a part of you that is missing and it tends to throw everything else off course. I do not feel as healthy, I do not sleep as well and I notice my eating habits may be changing a bit once in a while. When something consumes so much of your time and body, when it stops in its tracks, suddenly nothing is right.

Between work, school and trying to let my ankle heal from the last tournament, I have probably made it to the gym 3 times in the last month. Now don’t get me wrong, I know it sucks and I am not trying be a Debbie downer here but just know, there WILL be times when training is going to slow down just like there will be times when you  are in the gym more than you are at work (don’t we all wish). So, that being said, I am trying to continue to tell myself that this isn’t going to last forever.  My ankle will heal, these classes will end and I will be able to get back into the gym on a regular basis, Until then Ill choke my fiancé in our basement 😉

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Embarking on a Journey

This Blog is for all of you Ossume Lady Grapplers out there! (or potential lady grapplers!!) With this Blog I plan to share my BJJ journey as I learn and grow in the Art and invite everyone to read along! I hope my story can inspire some of you who may think you do not  have time to train or are simply intimidated by rolling with men or competing.

As I grow in my journey I will share all of my experiences so please, please, please, feel free to read along and share your comments as well! I love hearing from other Lady Grapplers!  This Blog is not intended as a coaching tool and by no means am I an expert in the sport. I am simply someone that loves BJJ and I will use this blog to track my personal journey as well as share with other BJJ Lady Grapplers.

ENJOY!!

Hello world!

Let me give you a little background on myself….

I’ve been training BJJ for about a year and half (on and off) and more consistently now, and I must say, it has dramatically changed my perspective on life. Through BJJ I have had the opportunity to meet and become friends with some of the most amazing people as well as my amazing Fiancé and we have the privilege to train with world ranked competitors! Yep! you read that correct! World Ranked 🙂

By far the scariest part of starting Jiu Jitsu has to be actually starting. Walking into the gym and taking your first step onto those mats can be overwhelming, scary, intimidating, exciting…. you name it, it can spark just about any feeling you can think of.  My first day was a little bit of a combination of the sort… While I started BJJ at the age of 25, I walked into the first gym I had ever trained at and had an Intro class with a 16 yr old. Yeah. Talk about a confidence builder… I was getting my Butt handed to me by a 16 year old girl and quite frankly I was not okay with that, but I thought if she can do it, I can do it. (she was really good too) So I tried the Four Week Intro class and by the third I was begging my coach to let me go a head and buy my Gi because I knew right away that this was going to be the sport for me.

A little fun fact for you readers out there*

I was never athletic and I tried running, free weights, cardio, anything I could do that didn’t require me to play an actual sport. Needless to say, I become bored very easily and the free weights and running didn’t last long.

As a single mom that worked full time, while putting myself through college for a BSW I was really worried that I wouldn’t have the time or money to train because my schedule and finances were already tight given my circumstances. Well! I figured it out and I started training twice a week. And then three times and before I knew it I was at the gym almost every day.

well, it wasn’t long until I met someone very special, yep… you guessed it, my fiancé.  We started training together and took weekend road trips for concerts and began to visit other gyms in the US. It wasn’t long before we realized that he may have reached a plateau in our current gym and I wasn’t learning much other than  “shrimp to guard” and as a white belt that’s good and all but I wasn’t excelling… so that’s when we decided to buy mats to train at home and go “rogue” well that didn’t last long either. One day at work I was surfing the web and looking for gyms to visit since we no longer had a “home gym” and I found Limitless BJJ. I checked out the website, called and talked with the coach, set up a time to just come in a roll and that’s all she wrote.  We walked into Limitless and automatically found our new home.

 

I am stoked to share my Jiu Jitsu journey as I learn and grow in this Ossume art and hope you enjoy as well