Jiu-Jitsu

Grappling with Anxiety: My First Jiu-Jitsu Tournament

I’m happy to report that I survived my first Jiu-Jitsu tournament. I was on the fence whether I would compete because I didn’t feel ready – even though logically I know I would go against other newbies in the under-six-month-training, novice division. Hours after arriving I would soon find out there was no one in… Continue reading Grappling with Anxiety: My First Jiu-Jitsu Tournament

Jiu-Jitsu

The Roller Coaster that is Jiu-Jitsu

I began my journey with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in June of this year. As a 41 year old woman with no background in martial arts – unless you count a couple semesters of Tai Chi – I knew I was moving into unknown territory. And I was knowingly entering this extremely physical, male-dominated sport as someone with… Continue reading The Roller Coaster that is Jiu-Jitsu

Jiu-Jitsu

Finding Another Path to Natural Movement

Nothing’s sweeter than arriving on a path you never knew you always wanted. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) was something I watched others perform on television. Fear and intimidation kept me from ever picturing myself grappling, let alone trying BJJ on for size. But when faced with the reality that the Natural Movement movement is going to take… Continue reading Finding Another Path to Natural Movement