Roxanne Modafferi

The Happy Warrior

level up! Brown belt anniversary, anime con, kids jiujitsu

Posted in every day, friends, fun, training on January 24th, 2018 by roxyfighter

I’ve had a fantastic couple of weeks!
I’ve been training specific techniques. The learning curve goes like this: see and hear explanation, practice with no resistance, practice with a little resistance, practice with a lot of resistance, try to do in sparring with 100% resistance, become able to do multiple times in sparring. I finally got to the final stage in a few of these techniques.

There was stuff I couldn’t do in my last fight that I can do now!


That means I’m a different fighter than I was a few months ago.
I’m so happy!!

I’ve been doing a lot of striking and wrestling privates. I’ve been enjoying working with Hannah for wrestling. Coach John is such an amazing coach. He can teach me little details and combos and moves that improve me so much. I’m so glad I’m here at Syndicate.

Thanks for the picture, Ryan Loco!

I’ve been training a lot with Serena, of course, and also Chelsea, Jordan, and Natan!
I love team Syndicate.

This coming Sunday, Jan 28th, is the one year anniversary of me getting promoted to brown belt by Capitão. It was one of my favorite moments in my entire life. I had been a purple belt for like 10 years (which is like three times longer than normal). I tried a tournament a few weeks after my Invicta title fight, just to “see where I stood in the gi,” and I got tapped out once, and lost by decision to a beatable opponent in my second match. I was so devastated that I applied myself and trained SO hard. Capitão is such a great teacher. I started obsessively going to his classes, and he really taught me a lot. I love his teaching style. He also became a great friend.

It was hard to take a lot of jiujitsu classes ON TOP of all my other MMA training. I was exhausted all the time. My purple belt was in tatters. I felt depressed every time I looked at it, which was every day. Every day I wanted to get better. I was trimming threads off it every day. “I gotta reach brown belt level before this thing falls apart,” I thought to myself every day. My no-gi level was high, but through disuse, I had forgotten a lot of techniques involving the gi. Chokes, balance, muscles used are totally different! Anyone who says otherwise is wrong. It’s a different world and fighting style.

Finally, in January 2016, I went to another tournament in California, sponsored by Remove it Restoration! Capitão went with me. I won it!

He actually promoted me to brown belt on the podium! I always dreamed of that. It seemed like the coolest way to get surprised with promotion ever, but I never thought it would happen to me.

One of the happiest days in my life.
Now, Capitão doesn’t train or teach at Syndicate anymore and I’m so sad. I cried a lot about it, actually. Nobody knows how much I cried over it because I never mentioned it online before. But no matter what other teachers I train with, Capitão will always be one of my best teachers and a big part of my life! I’m looking forward to the next time we can train together.
We rolled last Saturday. I miss him so much!

Every week is so busy, but in particular, this past Saturday was crazy. Syndicate had an open house, during which they put on a mini-jiujitsu tournament, and Muay Thai exhibition matches between members. I volunteered to sign autographs at a table! Not a ton of people came over, but oh well. I met some nice people and chatted with others. 🙂
I also did some jiujitsu with visiting fighters and some kickboxing.

Then Serena and I dragged ourselves and our gear to Planet Hollywood where we put on a demonstration and panel at Otakon Las Vegas! Otakon is the biggest anime convention in the USA, normally held in Baltimore and now Washington DC. This one was an affiliate or branch or … a baby! Yes. It’s Otakon’s baby. 🙂 *cuddle*

I was impressed that 99% of the con-goers wore costumes. Like, literally everybody I saw cosplayed, and made a big effort, too!! I felt underdressed with my jeans and Dragon Ball Z hoodie. o_O;;;

I was afraid that 1) no one would come 2) no one would talk 3) no one would volunteer 4) no one would come say hi for pictures or autographs afterwards.

NONE Of those fears came to pass. 😀 A bunch of people came…. an organizer said it was one of the most highly attended panels! The room was HUGE, so it didn’t look like it got filled up, but I knew based on the whole con size, it wasn’t bad. Lots of people spoke up when I asked the crowd to name anime with MMA or fighting styles in it. Lots of people volunteered to come up to the state to try the moves we showed, for example, the hook sweep, mount escape, the take-down counter tomoenagi flip, cow catcher that Serena showed, etc. 🙂

I then wore my Goku gi to do the demo, and when we sparred, I had on my Goku rash guard, and Serena borrowed my Vegeta rash guard. I WAS SO EXCITED to spar with her as Goku vs Vegeta….and for once, I think everyone understood our excitement! 😀

Dude, this girl’s Mei Hatsume costume is GOOD, right?! I Was totally fangirling over her. XD

My kids class is awesome. I love them. A lot of them are supposed to compete at the NAGA tournament in Feb so I’m trying to get them ready for that!

Especially Aleena is tiny and adorable and can armbar me and choke me. *_*

I was sick a few weeks ago and watched a ton of Arrow, Flash, and Hozuki no Reitetsu.

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announcements, The Reen’s b-day, TV & anime, events

Posted in every day, friends, fun, training on January 13th, 2018 by roxyfighter

First and foremost, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my friend/roommate/training partner/nacho buddy/movie buddy Serena “The Southpaw Outlaw” DeJesus, aka “The Reen.”

Gee, you have many names.

But there is only one Reen. 😀 She is 26, about a decade younger than me, but we get along so well! Sometimes I don’t know what the heck she’s saying due to her ‘young person lingo…..’

But these moments are becoming less and less. At least she’s more aware of using adverbs correctly nowadays. 😀

I realized that she wouldn’t throw herself a party, so this year I threw it for her! 😀 We invited a few friends and her family.



I never take anything for granted, especially friends. Having a friend like Serena is like having the overhead light on in the room. It’s always there, bright, cheery, constant, unfaltering, illuminating my daily life. I could survive without it, but I’d be groping around, struggling. She’s always there to share ideas with, to do fun things or chores with. Having a good training partner is so important beyond words. When you train a fighting sport with someone, it’s violent, so you have to trust your body and health to another person, trust that they can use control and not hurt you. In recent years, I’ve become more careful about my training. “My body is my business.”

I hope I never ever make her feel like I don’t appreciate her.

Stilllllll trying to figure out a balance in my schedule. I’ve been doing more strength and conditioning. I also had a great wrestling private lesson with Coach John and Hannah.


aaaah jiujitsu. x_x Why is it such a struggle for me to get good training in gi jiujitsu? Maybe because you’re living the life of an MMA fighter, Roxy, and are at the best MMA gym in Vegas. You know your goals.
Yeah….

I started doing mini jiujitsu gi lessons with Casey-sensei. He wrote out a list of fundamental techniques, and upon looking them over, I realized I didn’t know many by name. Before my fight, I made a goal to go over them all, and make sure I have the appropriate knowledge as a brownbelt should. Casey is such a great teacher. Serena and I are enjoying drilling with him. The 25 minute sessions go by too fast! ;_;

So in regards to my schedule……
My dad told me a story. When he was just starting out as a salesman and was soliciting people for business, people turned him down and it ticked him off. “What should I say to these jerks to turn me down?” He asked his boss. His boss told him, “You should thank them.” “Thank them?! Why?!” my dad asked. “Because nine out of every ten people will turn you you down, so you should thank them for being one of the nine you have to get through before you can reach the one.”

That is such a cool story, and I’m applying it to my life. So this week was supposed to be attempted schedule week #3, but I got sick! 🙁 GRRRRRR foiled! I even had a fever. I have stuff to do, muscle to build, technique to perfect, kids to train. bah.

At least I will get better in a few days and am not seriously injured. Therefore, I’m really not that upset. I don’t even need something to compare that to, but unfortunately fellow fighter Tonya just had a serious injury, and a friend’s family member just got into a serious car accident, plus all over the Underground Forums is a gofundme collection for some ammy fighter who got into a car accident….. yeah the world is rough. I already appreciate where I am, my ability to do what I’m doing, my health, my family, etc.

Well, since I’m home sick, I can enjoy catching up on TV and anime shows. I NEVER get time to marathon watch stuff anymore. ONLY when I’m sick. So yeah, I enjoyed the heck out of it. I continued watching Arrow. I’m on season 5, ep 8.


Then Flash. I’m on season 3 ep 3.

I’m also into The Gifted, in the X-men universe!

I also researched some anime I had taken pics of in Japan and made a note to look up, including Hoozuki no Reitetsu, which is a hilarious parody of Japanese company life. XD

I watched a bunch of eps of that because I decided to watch Overlord with Candy and I’m waiting for her to catch up to where I am. Overlord…I dunno how I hadn’t heard about this before, because it came out a few years ago, but it’s like Sword Art Online, where this guy gets trapped inside MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game). The main character is actually the skeleton undead guy lol.

Also watching Ancient Magus Bride. It’s a weird one, but mystical and mysterious. I like it a lot!

oh, a few weeks ago, I saw Jumanji with Serena. FUNNIEST MOVIE I’VE SEEN IN A LONG TIME! I wouldn’t mind seeing it again in the theater! omg I dislike Jack Black’s movies but he was hilarious in this one! The Rock is an amazing actor, as well.

BTW I’m revamping my store. There are more options for my books – you can get a signed autographed photo now, and I’m also gonna sell Keith Mill’s photo and part of profits are going to charity. It’s not up yet, but soon.
http://roxannemodafferi.net/RSite/node/8

Also, my Happy Warrior T shirts have been reprinted so all the sizes should be in! No XXL, though, sorry about that.
https://www.maverickunbranded.com/products/mvrk-happy-warrior-tee

Oh, there’s going to be a Syndicate open house with stuff going on. If you are in Vegas, stop by! Jan 20th from 10 to 1 PM.

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Also Jan 20th, I’m going to be a guest at Otakon Vegas, in Planet Hollywood, from 3:30! Demo, Q & A, and autographs.

Thanks to my blog sponsor, My Consumer IT!

Christmas vacation on the east coast!

Posted in every day, family and holidays, fun on January 4th, 2018 by roxyfighter

I had a really super duper vacation. It really felt like vacation! For the first time in years, I didn’t feel the itch to get to a gym and train while I was in Boston or NY. I wouldn’t have minded, though. I had JUST fought so I didn’t mind just relaxing, spending time with my parents, and eating whatever. I did miss my Aunt’s Italian cooking, though!!

It was FREEZING so I didn’t even want to take walks around the block like I usually do. I did squats, lunges, and push ups in my room, though.

I especially enjoyed chatting with my dad this visit. He gave me lots of financial advice and taught me how to sell the stocks he bought for me a decade ago. He is vast ocean of knowledge and I’m fortunate to be he daughter, for many different reasons. 😀
My UMass friend Q-chan came over on Christmas eve and we hung out and played board games!

Survive, my game, and Qwirkle, one she brought! omg I love that game!

It was so good to see you again! <3 In the afternoon on Christmas, I took my rental car and drove to upstate NY, where I visited with my mom. It was FREAKING FREEZING. Her apartment's heater was....ok let me put it this way. My dad's heater:
My Mom’s heater:

I was wearing layers of shirts and socks and my hat in the place. :/ I shoveled for the first time in like 15 years! Well, technically the first time was to dig my car out in Boston, and then in front of my grandfather’s old house.

I enjoyed going shopping for random things with Mom, and walking around an aquarium! We saw seahorses swimming around actively. I’ve never seen that before. Usually they’re just hanging out on sea plants, but these guys were super active.


We also played a board game called Survive that we always played when I was a kid!

We went out for dinner with my aunt and uncles, and it was really nice. <3 Then Mom and I went out for lunch with one of my uncles the next day. The following day I few back home. It felt like a long vacation! Now I'm back to teaching and training. My new training schedule is....I'm trying to tweak it still so I'm not satisfied with my routine yet. Still trying to figure out a balance. Thanks to my blog sponsor www.myconsumerit.com
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