Roxanne Modafferi

The Happy Warrior

BJJ Rowdy Rollers, overtraining, BJJ seminar

This Sunday, I went to a monthly or bi-monthly event called “Las Vegas Rowdy Rollers.” It’s a women-only Brazilian Jiu-jitsu training session held at various locations, this time, the Cobra Kai gym in North Las Vegas. I’ve heard about this before but never went, due to the fact Sunday is the only day I don’t train some kind of martial arts.

I’m hesitant to call it a “rest day,” since I never sit around and do nothing. I take a 30 min walk mixed with sprints, and then go to Yoga, and sometimes run stairs. That’s it. I’m usually so exhausted or sore from the previous day’s training I just want to lay down and watch anime, or go to a movie. Sunday is usually my movie day.

Well this Saturday, instead of doing yoga, stairs, BJJ, and kickboxing classes consecutively, I did a BJJ seminar hosted by Syndicate with Marcio Pontes. He is formerly Jose Aldo’s coach and is in the States to corner Naldo, who fought on WSOF a few weeks ago in NY. So that was So fun and educational but we didn’t roll hard, so I still had energy. Plus I had gotten elbowed in the eye on Tuesday and it still hurt, so I didn’t wanna do kickboxing. 🙁


So yeah, I learned a trick on how to finish the straight armlock, a pass, a scramble, and I’m trying to remember what else…. I worked with Captain’s friend Naldo. (brown belt standing behind me) I like that guy a lot. 😀 He has such smooth jiujitsu! I could actually semi-communicate using what little Portuguese I know! Yay a chance to practice what I’ve been studying with Thais. Did I mention that? I’m doing a language exchange with Captain’s wife Thais. I also want to make friends since she seems so nice, but first we gotta be able to speak to each other. So yeah, we’ve been meeting once or twice a week for the past month. 😀 It feels so good to teach English again! I really miss my old job at Berlitz. I know how to build language ability from the bottom up, so I craft a lesson for her, and then get her to teach me the same stuff in Portuguese. 🙂

So awesome seminar on Saturday, and I felt energetic enough to go to the event after yoga on Sunday! I liked it a lot! I really hoped there were upper belts there so I could test myself and I got to roll with a few. They gave me some tips, for which I’m so grateful. They were concerned about ‘overstepping their boundaries.’ Well, they’re not if I ask them a question. But maybe I shouldn’t ask a question? No, wait, we should always ask questions…shouldn’t we? I’m confused. Well, I’m one of those people against gym hopping. I used to go to various gyms for various things in Japan and I’m so weary of it. I’m so thrilled that I have everything I need at Syndicate….mainly, excellent coaching. I wouldn’t want MY students gym-hoping. I want to raise my students and feel good about their wins, and not have them show other rival gym’s people my moves. However, this event wasn’t really a class under a specific teacher. It was just rolling. So it was fine in my eyes…. I guess?


blurry gym code lines

But I learned a third way to shrimp. And a few bad habits I have! I’m so excited. I was also really impressed that nobody spazzed out on me. I was kind of nervous rolling with new people, to be honest…who knows if they’re going to spaz out and ELBOW ME in the eyeball again… I know it was an accident and I’m not really mad, because I’ve hurt my training partners by accident and it sucks for all parties. But yeah, I ended up not tapping anyone out, and didn’t get tapped out, well, I think the black belt tapped me once but she wasn’t trying to kill me.

I loved seeing my old student Rhyanna again!
I took a ninja snap shot while she was rolling. (bottom)

It was SO cool not to get out-muscled by other women! Like how Captain lets me sink in a full rear-naked choke and I couldn’t finish it. Meaning his neck and hand muscles are stronger than my entire body arching backwards. ;_; plus he prolly was offsetting the angle a bit. grrr My confidence evaporated because that’s my best move.

anyway

Monday morning I had a dream that I was on a bus with my teammates (Khalil, Lorenzo, Serena, Jessy, John, and others were there.) We pulled up to a Mansion that had Harry Potter stuff in it, so I guess it was Hogwarts? There was supposed to be some kind of Judo competition in the basement and there were women walking around with gis but I couldn’t find mine, so I spent most of the dream running around the mansion looking for my gi.

Monday I woke up SO tired. Bone tired. Mentally and physically I just didn’t wanna be awake.
I had the devil of a time deciding what kind of training to do. I decided that not getting punched in the eye was best, so I ran stairs with Serena, did no-gi jiujitsu because I’m in better control of what’s going on, and skipped the MMA class. :/ After my shower I was about to leave the gym and thought, “Don’t look at the class. Don’t look at the class…” because I knew I’d feel bad about not doing it. But I looked. And they were doing interesting stuff. AND I FELT SOOOO BAD. ;_; and regretted not training. But I couldn’t move…..

So yeah. Went home. Took a nap while watching Dragon Ball super eps 52-54, and The 100. Haha the King of All Things is so cute. Went back to teach kids and Serena assisted. I’m so thankful for that because the class is getting big and I can send new kids or the partnerless kids her way.

It’s Tuesday now and I feel a little more energetic. I wanted to do a tournament on Jan 21st but NOBODY IS IN MY WEIGHT DIVISION AGAIN despite being in California, but I checked the Jiujitsu World League Jan 28th in Orange County and there’s ONE lady so far! 😀 😀 YAY so I signed up for that.
and my friends at Remove it Restoration will sponsor our trip! 😀 Thank you, Eric and Beth!!
And The Void!! <3

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