I had this fantasy before heading to the jungle that when I returned from working with plant medicines my Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu game would improve. For example, the calmness of mind I might obtain would increase the chances of me entering a flow state during rolls; I would no longer overthink to the point of slowing down… Continue reading Sorry Jiu-Jitsu: It’s not You, it’s Me
I for one have mastered the art of getting in my own way. I wasn’t born with this gift. But I wonder if self-sabotaging traits can be re-gifted through DNA, learned by example in the home, or if it takes both nature and nurture. I’ve heard that we are the average of the people we… Continue reading Do You Have a Black Belt in Self-Sabotage?
Just a quick update to share the good news: I am now a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu! I received the promotion last weekend during our belt test. And here I thought I was possibly due for a fourth stripe on my white belt. What a pleasant surprise!
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
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
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