I’m competing in the IBJJF Asian open on the 7th of September!! I can’t wait🙂 I’ve been looking forward to competing in this one for ages. Wish me luck😊 #eyesontheprize #🏅9月七日にIBJJF アジアンオープンって言うブラジリアン柔術の試合に出ます。世界中の強い人が集まって戦います。超楽しみにしてます。応援宜しくお願いします😊😊💪🏻🦍
Advice I would offer to those who aspire to achieving anything. Forget about the end result, well, don’t forget, just put it aside for a moment and focus on a more achievable step! Reverse engineer the process from what you want, to wherever you are right now - and then place all your attention on the most important thing of all - Step One! 🤩👍💯 #bjj#bluebelt#training#grappling#competition#submission#submissiongrappling
Nobody warned me how hard it would be to achieve a blue belt(especially at 48). I can say I have learned a great deal about Humility, Perseverance, Grit, Friendship and Commitment along the way. However, getting to do this along side my son, @austinh541 has been the greatest gift and I am incredibly proud of him and his success. A big shout out to my Jiu Jitsu family far and wide. I couldn’t do it without your guidance, patience and relentless poundings 😂. @tommyleisman @matthoidal @leech.matt @jitsmonster
I have a complex if not difficult relationship with competing. Some days I love the adrenaline, the heightened sense of awareness, the sudden rush at the start of every match. Other days I dread those same feelings and, to be honest, the very idea of losing, of exposing myself to failure, can turn into my worst fear. I might win all of my matches or I might get first-rounded, I might be having a great day or experience the worst adrenaline dump on the mat. I truly never know what kind of day I’m going to have when it comes to competing, but the outcomes is always the same: personal growth as a result of putting myself in a vulnerable spot.
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I’ve been fortunate enough to compete consistently and grow for the past year and a half. Sadly, accidents happen, and I won’t be able to compete for a while until I recover. Injuries suck, but I’ll be back hungrier than ever.
It finally happened. After all the blood, sweat, tears & countless setbacks...I can finally say I’m a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu blue belt. •
This isn’t the end of the road for me, by any means. I WILL be a black belt one day. This is a celebration step on my journey to becoming something greater than I was before. A better mother. A better student. A better martial artist. A better human. A better jiujitera. •
None of this would’ve been possible without the support of the three beautiful human beings that call me Madré, my family (blood & not) & my @americanrevolutioncc, South Texas Renegade MMA & @brazil021sa families. EVERY.SINGLE.ONE of you has contributed to getting me here. From the first day I set foot on the mats for a no-gi class, to fumbling through my first rolls, to asking “what’s a sweep?”, to today as I pack up to move out of the place I’ve called home for 30+ years..you all made me better. Thank you. I love you. My heart is full. I look forward to the next step in this journey. 💙
A very special thank you to my brother-from-another-mother/Coach/best-friend-he-never-asked-to-be...@robertb.g.dunlap. You never let me quit. You never accepted my excuses. And never let me lose hope that no matter what life threw at me, I’d always make my way back home to the mats. You’re my Mountain. And you helped me see The Mountain I had in myself. Love you Bubs.
At Tri-Force, the coaches want to see that you're proficient in striking and grappling before you're allowed to fight under their banner in an mma match. It makes sense: Our gym produces very high quality fighters and fighter safety is paramount. I've competed almost a dozen grappling tournaments; I feel confident with takedowns, ground positions and submissions, as far as amateur mma is concerned.
On September 8th, I'm making my foray into the striking portion of my prep: a kickboxing match. Striking used to terrify me. I dreaded walking into any class where there might be sparring. I can't pinpoint exactly where my fear emanated from, but it was a massive mental block to my growth as a future mma fighter. If you're afraid to get hit, you simply can't do mma. You need to keep your eyes open, look at your opponent and be confident in your ability to mount an offense.
I still deal with some residual anxiety. I'm sure that's going to take time and effort to completely eliminate. However, I am finally ready to get in there and see what I can do. I'm not just trying to survive an onslaught, which was my old perspective. I'm looking to punish my opponent; to get a knockout or tko. It might just be a local amateur kickboxing match that means nothing to anyone else, but to me, it represents overcoming my fears and taking control of my perspective intead of of letting my perspective control me.
Anyways, that's the long, boring way of saying that I love Tri-Force MMA and the people that train there... and I really want to kick and punch another human until they can't stand up anymore. Sounds like my priorities are in order. #FightLiftMove
Hoje foi dia de graduação e eu conquistei a tão sonhada faixa azul, eu só tenho que agradecer meu mestre @fernandorosalembjj , minha família e meus amigos de treino obrigado por me ensinarem e acreditarem que meu sonho é possível. Obrigado pelas alegrias das vitórias e o aprendizado nas derrotas. Agora é traçar outras metas e ir em busca delas..
Imma be real for a second. Today was fucking awful. Work really just made me sour. Between an arrogant, lazy piece of crap boss and dumbass people I just couldn’t even muster a smile.
Honestly I just wanted to come home and drink. Luckily my bf told me that we shouldn’t and definitely shouldn’t drink just because I’m in a piss poor mood. So what did I do?
I decided to take two hours of karate and sweat out my anger and just wear myself out to the point of exhaustion. It worked. I wasn’t thinking about work at the end of my classes. I wasn’t thinking about my weight. I wasn’t thinking about all the bad thoughts running through my head.