Monthly Archives: March 2011

The Humiliating Experience of Failure

     Natural talent describes a trait of a person seemingly gifted in a skill.  Heart describes a trait of a person who continues to practice a skill, no matter how many times they fail.  A few years ago, a fellow student that I was mentoring lamented … Continue reading

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BJJ, Louder Than Words

     “I believe martial arts is one of the greatest gifts and treasures of life to create positive change in people’s lives.”   Ernie Reyes, Sr.      Creating positive change in another person’s life is a gift to be treasured.  My … Continue reading

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The One Arm Bandit vs Judo

     The One Arm Bandit vs Judo…  Well, that just didn’t happen.  Wednesday night, somehow, I rolled over onto my recently dislocated and reset right shoulder and slept that way for an hour or so.  Needless to say, when I woke up … Continue reading

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March Goals Review

     There were seven items that I wanted to focus on in March.  I’m fairly satisfied with the things that I achieved.  Then there are those OCD moments when I critic myself too much.  Overall, I think I did well considering all … Continue reading

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Back in the Saddle

     I remember when I was a little girl our neighbor’s horse got out.  My dad found it close to our house and made my oldest brother ride it back to the neighbor’s (about 3 miles on a gravel road … Continue reading

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Just Roll With It

     I know what I did wrong.  I tried to resist the inevitable.  I could feel my partner setup for the sweep, yet I still tried to pass his guard.  I knew it was coming.  I’ve gotten caught by it … Continue reading

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Badass Status Achieved?

     In the nature of my life, I tend to go on, no matter what and assess later.  So I woke up today and assessed the previous day.  12:00 I went to BJJ. 13:00 I hurt my shoulder. 13:30 I finished … Continue reading

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Owning the Jiu Jitsu

     I work in an environment that has a high percentage of workplace violence.  My coworkers and I are assaulted in one form or another on a weekly if not daily basis.  The statistics for assaults to emergency room workers are astounding.  … Continue reading

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Blogshere Report, March 2011

     I would like to take this time to acknowledge the people and events that have inspired, entertained, and moved me is some way this past month. Slidey got promoted to purple belt.  Congrats Slidey! Allie the Clear Belt really touched my heart with her post … Continue reading

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And the Walls Crumbled…

     I attended the women’s class Friday night.  There were five women to start.  Every time I would look up another woman would emerge and change from her work clothes into a gi.  I finally lost count of the women training.  There are about four … Continue reading

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