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How do you deal with….


A new woman bjj student who is very competative and doesn’t like to be corrected (even when you weren’t even trying to correct her you were just coaching while she was rolling?)

So first, lets start out that there was an odd # of people, and in particular, the oddness was that there were three women. So for our drills, me and lisa were partners, and new bjj girl went with Sensei Nancy. Fine, all and good. Today we spent time reviewing stuff that is going to be on the exam coming up in two weeks…and then time to roll…Sensei Nancy couldn’t roll because she hurt her knee, so we made a three-some (that sounds so wrong! lol)

Anyway, first she complains that it is annoying when there is an odd number of people that one person has to sit out…well, that’s just kinda the way it works….everyone’s been there…

Anywho, Lisa and I roll first, and when Cabeca (our instructor) says switch, Lisa goes with the new girl. Lisa is starting to learn how to hold her own, so I decided to help the new girl, who was in Lisa’s guard, and totally failing to put her hands on Lisa’s hips…So I’m giving basic advice….put your hands on her hips, posture up…anywho, when the roll was finished, she (new girl) was super defensive, “I was trying to do that the whole time!” I was thinking to myself, no, you weren’t, your hands weren’t even NEAR her hips, never mind ON her hips, NEVER MIND controlling her hips. But I didn’t say any of that I just nodded.

My turn for the insanity. I roll with her. She’s a beast…refused to get caught in guard, which was good (well for her, not for me!), and got to side control. I was bad and let her take my back cause I knew she’d give me enough space to get out….and although she has some wrestling background (apparently the rest of her family wrestles) I was pretty sure she didn’t know how to finish from there. And I was right, got out from there and into her guard….don’t really remember the next couple of moves, but she ended up in mount (she’s fast) but then she just…sat there….like she was riding a horse. Really? You worked really hard to get to mount, and now you are just going to sit there and squeeze all the air out of me? I wanted to show her how to finish, but I kept my mouth shut cause I didn’t want her to get all defensive on me again. Instead I worked on getting out of mount (which for the record, is HARDER when your opponenet is just refusing to do anything cause it’s much harder to get them off balance!) I got almost halfway there when time was called…I was positively exhausted….and I had been trying to slow down–but she was…i dunno…a tornado?

Anywho, I was totally put off by her getting all defensive on me…I guess I’ll just keep my mouth shut? Or just help Lisa next time! 🙂

Video of match!


so, it’s mostly me being smushed and choked….and I apologize that my brother apparently was incredibly distracted by an EMPTY MAT halfway through the video…sigh…

Any thoughts comments and constructive critisism would be greatly appreciated!

Oh, ps, I’m in the blue gi with the white belt…please take note that I am competing against a girl in a white gi with a BLUE belt–lol 🙂

A Letter To The Lady Newbies, (via A Skirt on the Mat)


Truely, I just couldn’t have said it better! 🙂 Anygirl who is just starting this amazing journey we call bjj (cause we can’t spell it!–oh maybe that’s just me) absolutely needs to read this. 🙂

Thank You Katie! 🙂

This is mainly intended for the girls who just started at our academy, but this could apply to any academy, I would think. Except for the end. That's a Katie original. Recognize. 😉 Oh, and a Big Thank You to all the people that have stopped by and said Hello! Especially Georgette Oden for referring people over this way! Thanks! Dear Ladies, Hello there, my dear teammates. You may not feel you deserve the title since your belt is so white that it … Read More

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100 random things (well, not quite)


1. I like labor day weekend cause all the radio stations do nothing but play countdowns of good music 🙂

2. I am proud of myself for going to bjj tonight (cause I went to one of the other gyms my instructor teaches at, and I’ve never been there before!)

3. I am proud cause after class I wanted a treat, and I successfully made a choice to have frozen yogurt with half the calories of the ice cream concoction I would have normally chose (and I enjoyed it even more, knowing I made a good choice!

4. This week has been SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO stressful…but it’s all okay now cause the stress has been wicked away by my gi (which is soaked with sweat lol)

5. 3 weeks until I compete 🙂 http://www.njbjjf.com yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

6. I learned this week that “non-toxic” really means “we’re sure you won’t die in the next two weeks, but what will happen to you 10 years down the line, we don’t know”

7. I learned that my school’s guidence department doesn’t know how to schedule lab science classes, since we (the science teachers) spent today fixing the lab schedule INSTEAD OF getting our classrooms ready, so now I have to go in EXTRA EARLY on Tuesday morning to set up my class *sigh*

8. Three days in a school with no air conditioning when the temps are 90+ and 100% humidity (thanks, Earl) is really tiring and stressful.

9. I keep reminding myself that the reason why I teach marching band (which is also VERY STRESSFUL right now) is so I can continue my karate and bjj obsessions. It’s basically been my mantra through 4 days of intense rehersals and numerous phone calls to people about uniforms and flags.

10. What is with people who dont read an entire email? I told one of the band vendors THREE times that he had the numbers for one of the items we were ordering wrong, and HE STILL HASN’T FIXED IT!! and MEANWHILE, my band director is bugging for the invoce so he can pay them (cause paying from a school account is a pain in the butt) *sigh*

11. Today in class we started from open guard. Put our hands under their legs, and flipped them over so they turtled up (making sure to keep our hips down to push them over, as I got told a bunch of times). Then we snuck one hand under their head to their opposite collar, and the other hand went under an arm and the head to the opposite collor. Then you walked around, pulling across with hand one, and down with hand two. TAP! I really was excited there was another girl there. It is just wonderful to roll with someone else cause they have different ways of doing things, and when you roll with the same person all the time you start to be able to predict their moves very easily. So I think it is good that I will be going to this class for the weeks leading up to the tourney so I will get some more experience with a different person.

12. I have a bjj goal: Timing for getting out of ikky positions, like side control and mount, where I seem to live a lot (boo). Today while we were rolling, my partner…Peg I think (ick i’m so bad with names!) was in mount, and I heard my instructor telling another group to umpa, and I umpa’d and she wasn’t expecting it so over she went. My timing was excellent by accident. Now I hafta figure out how to do that on purpose. *sigh*

13. Looking forward to the long weekend so I can catch up on the blogs I haven’t read, clean my house, which looks like a bomb hit it, visit my best friend Mandi and her brand new little baby girl madelyn who is sooooo adorable and was born on Monday 🙂 (lol I sound like she bought a new car) I didn’t want to leave the hospital on Tuesday when I went to visit, and Mandi was like “you know, Regina, she IS going to be around for a while” It was funny. I guess you had to be there. Hmmm…I wonder if I wrote that in my last post? oops if I did I don’t really feel like checking right now! *grinz*

Yea. I think that’s it. “phew”

How I got started in BJJ


Since I don’t have much to say about training, as school has been closed for the holiday, I figured I’d talk about how I got started in BJJ.  When I first started at my martial arts school, I had no idea what BJJ was, nor had I ever even heard of it.  Most of the grappling we do in our regular classes is mostly for self defense–get out of a bad position, stun, run.

I firmly feel that my best moment at BJJ occurred before I even knew what it was.  We were drilling where one partner is in the mount position, and working ompa (or however you spell that, feel free to correct me, my spelling is AWFUL), trap a side, and roll into the person’s guard.  I was a lowly white belt, working with some infinitely more knowledgeable orange belt (at least from my perspective at the time lol) who, if I didn’t trap their arm fast enough would snatch it away.  I eventually noticed that when I ompa’d, she would put both hands down, so it occured to me to trick her by purposely going for one side two or three times and then quickly switching and trapping the other side.  SUCCESS!!!

Anywho, some time later, I found myself coming early for my Monday class because the BJJ class was right before it, and watching, but was not couragous enough to step out there.  Last August, several students from my school (whom I am friendly with and very respectful of) went to a tournament, and I went to cheer them on.  Two weeks later, I too was on the mat.

Although there are two other woment who train in my BBJ class, I instantly went online to search out other women who liked to train BJJ, since I felt kind of odd as a women who really liked this BJJ stuff, which is so prodominantly MALE.  This is, of course, how I got sucked into this whole blog thing.  And I guess that’s really why I ended up deciding to start a blog, so there is one more female voice out there–figure there can’t ever be enough 🙂