I feel like i haven’t written in so long…mainly cause my dojo recently started an “online dojo” so I’ve been helping getting people talking and discussing stuff on the online forums there…so I figured I’ll just repost the post I just posted there 🙂 (hmm…how many times can you get the word “post” into one sentance?

Osu everyone!

BJJ (or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, or Grappling) is often classified as a “male dominated sport”, but there’s lots of females who enjoy it immensely (myself included). I’ve been very excited to see our BJJ class here at Satori grow and see more females join in for the fun!

From talking with other females, one of the biggest turn-offs to BJJ for girls is the close proximity. Can’t blame you! But if you can get past that, BJJ is lots of fun, especially if you are a fan of strategy games *grinz*. Additionally, not enough can be said about being able to defend yourself from the ground.

It is really intimidating to try something new, especially when you are stepping onto a mat filled with males. I was incredibly nervous the first time I went to a BJJ class–and felt dumb about it–I knew the facility, I knew the people–I think it was harder for me to start doing BJJ then it was for me to walk into the dojo for the very first time–explain that one to me!

In any case, after my first class, I was addicted, and promptly went searching online for other females who enjoyed BJJ as much as I did (I wanted to make sure I wasn’t the only one!), and what I found was an amazing online community of female BJJ bloggers who had lots of great advice.

My goal for this post is to share some of the BJJ blogs I read on a regular basis–check them out–and I encourage ANYONE to come out and try our BJJ class–you won’t regret it! 🙂

In no particular order:

Fueled by Fear

Georgette’s Jiu Jitsu World

You Want Me To Put My Head Where?

BJJ Grrl

In addition, I just treated myself to a gift from B&N–Jiu Jitsu University, by Saulo Ribeiro. It was suggested to me by one of blog-friends, and since then I have been distracted from the 100’s of other things I SHOULD be doing! It has step by step pictures, instructions, a brief history of the sport, and is just filled with information. Of course, no book can take the place of class, but it is an amazing reference piece. Of course, it came with a hefty $40.00 price tag, but I think it was worth it.

Ciao! Hope to see everyone on the mat!



Spectacular Weekend Events!

Friday…I drove down to one of the other schools that we can visit to do bjj, only to find out they were testing this week, and regular classes were cancelled. BOOO!!!!!! 😦

Saturday…went to the NY Ren faire….yaaaaay! Me and my freinds val and brian are dorks–we get all dressed up 🙂 yay lots of fun…especially since I was able to completely close my corset 🙂 Maybe next year I’ll have to buy a new one cause the old one is too big, that would be swell 🙂 Then we hung out and watched Resident Evil and ate chinese

Sunday–Tourney! 🙂 I got there around 8:30 to weigh in…left to go get some coffee so I could think. There were actually 3 people from my school there so exciting! 🙂 Me, Paul, and one of our teens, David. Poor David accidently left his gi pants at home, so I let him weigh in with mine while his father barrelled down the Parkway to bring him his.

The most frustrating thing, since this is a local tourney–is wondering “how many women will show up?” Yea lucky me…only other woman is a blue belt…*sigh*…she’s from one of the other schools that is assoiciated with our instructor, so I’ve actually rolled with her before…and I knew I was in trouble! I think I blogged it a few blog entries back. Anywho, she’s strong and has long legs…and I’m averege stumpy all over the place. I ended up submitting by armbar. I’ve come to the conclusion that I do something wrong cause I get armbarred A LOT. Now I just have to figure out WHAT it is that I’m doing wrong. My brother came and has a video, so when I get it I will post it, any thoughts, comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated 🙂

I should also mention how CRAZY NERVOUS I was simply because I knew people were coming to see me. My first tourney nobody came cause I decided to do it like 48 hours before the tourney….I was MUCH more nervous this time cause my MOM, brother, best friend Mandi, her husband Brandt, and their *super amazing adorable newborn” Maddy came to see me. AAAAHHHHH…and of course, nobody listens to me, I tell them to get there by 12, they all walk in at like 12:45, and I’m like, you’re soo lucky that this organization is run by Brazilians and doesn’t start on time!!! Couldn’t you get there early so I’m not sitting here nervous that you aren’t going to make it? aaaaahhhh…Everyone walked in and then I was like grabbed and like, okay, you’re competing now…I like literally only had time to wave to my family. Sheesh.

Anywho, when I get pictures and video I will post them. Off to another (slightly less) hectic week…