Roxanne Modafferi

The Happy Warrior

My Otakon anime convention experience!!!

Posted in friends, fun on August 13th, 2018 by roxyfighter

I had SUCH A FANTASTIC TIME at Otakon! It’s one of the top five largest anime conventions in America! I thought it was the largest, but upon Googling, I found that it’s beaten by Anime Expo and a few other…UNIMPORTANT ONES.

You see, I went to Otakon in high school with my group of friends! Special thing 1: It was my first time in my life having more than one friend at a time, so doing group activities was the best thing ever. Special thing 2: Flying from Massachusetts to Baltimore Maryland was my first time flying by myself. Special thing 3: I made and wore a Chichiri necklace. 4: I felt like I belonged, when anime wasn’t popular. I was shy to admit liking Dragon Ball Z. I was shy to wear my one Dragon Ball Z T shirt. The only place to get posters was in China Town.

This pic is from 2000. I was 17 years old!

The second year we went, I took a road trip with my friends, driven by Mrs. Bailey, which was my first road trip without my parents.

I never went again because I just didn’t have the time nor money.
Then, one lady who followed me as a fan invited me to be a guest and do a demo at Otakon Las Vegas! It’s a smaller convention, and I asked if Serena could help me. It happened and was great, on a small scale. Then I got invited to THE BIG ONE in Washington DC, which was pretty much what I had gone to, except it outgrew the Baltimore Convention Center it was at years ago!

SO this means 18 years later, I got to be a guest! They flew me and Serena out, and we put on a demo, accepted volunteers to try the moves we taught, and then we sparred hard, all while wearing Vegeta and Goku clothes. WHICH IS THE COOLEST THING. Most people in my gym don’t understand how COOL it is! But everybody at the convention did!

THEY ARE OUR PEOPLE! hahaha Before I was a fighter, I was an Otaku, which means “obsessed with anime.” “Cosplay” means “costume play” and is a Japanese made-up word which has entered our vocabulary.


The demos were a great success!
People gave us great feedback. Everybody was really into it. We had tons of volunteers, tons of questions, and fight fans with really intelligent questions, comments and heckling when we sparred. lol


Before and after our demos and panels, I walked around in my Naruto Kyubi Nine-tails mode costume.

I had people asking to take my picture, just because of my costume, not because I was a fighter. Hah! That was new. A few people did a double take and were like, “Wait…. are you Roxanne Modafferi? IN COSPLAY?!? OMG” hah that was great!

I saw this guy dressed up as Naruto Berserker mode. HE HAD TAILS. And hair. I went up to him and said, “Hi! Can I get a picture with you?”. He looked at me, his eyes opened wide, and he said, “AWWW SH*T!” He was just as happy to get a pic with me! (because of my costume) We just geeked out together and it was fantastic. He was telling me about making his costume and all.


I decided ahead of time that I would go and get as many fangirly pics as I could. This meant running after people. They literally passed me, I looked at Serena, and we literally sprinted up behind them. Haha I chased Obito and Madara, Kuzco, Alex Armstrong, Vash the Stampeed, and the Dino.

We spotted two guys in dino suits randomly battling, and people made room and took pictures. Normal.
Some guy dressed up in a SPiderman suit started attacking a guy in a Vemon suit. Everyone made room and took pictures. Hey, cool! Normal stuff. 😀 I LOVED IT!!!

The guy who cosplayed Vash had a really nice smile. *_*

Nikki and Lydia made sure we got where we needed to go on time, and even treated us to sushi! You guys treated us so well. Thank you! I’m so glad to have made friends with you along the way! 😀

I didn’t really see any other panels, shows, or things. I was very interested in the anime music videos, but they were all at inconvenient times. :/ Bummer. That was the only thing I really wanted to see. I didn’t know any of the other guests. Oh, we saw a Distant Worlds concert! They play the music for Final Fantasy. THAT WAS SPECTACULAR! I have a bunch of Final Fantasy songs on my computer and iPod and I never even played the game. They are just so beautiful!

The actual trip there was long and tiring, but the event was great. 🙂 We got home Sunday night! Thank you, Otakon, for having us!

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My seminar at College Park MMA in Maryland!

Posted in fight, friends, fun, training on August 2nd, 2018 by roxyfighter

College Park MMA owner and all-around awesome fellow Josh Peters brought me out to do a seminar!
Great gym with a great atmosphere, great schedule, great people! I can’t say enough about them. If you’re within driving distance, check it out!
https://www.facebook.com/collegeparkmma/

Only one student came to my kid’s class, so she got special treatment.

She kept getting distracted by Josh’s dog barking by the door. lol Oh well. Kids! It was adorable.

Before that, I got to drill and roll with Josh. He’s a super-skilled black belt. He taught me worm guard. 😀

I’ve been avoiding delving into that realm, but I guess I’m good enough to learn it. haha I still get smashed every time I try to use it live, though. Maybe I should try it out on my teenage students first. That’s what they’re there for, right?

I had a slightly irrational fear that, being a brown belt, I wouldn’t be able to teach the class something he wouldn’t already have taught them, but that didn’t seem to be an issue in my MMA seminar. 😀 Thanks for supporting me by helping everybody, and being my uke demonstrator, Josh!

The adult’s class was great. I even had a fan and long-time acquaintance on twitter come and participate, who had never done martial arts before! I was super impressed. It was a four-hour class! It was cool to finally meet him in person! He gave me socks! 😀

Everybody gave 100% effort, learned a lot, and had a good time. We chatted and I answered questions. I got to roll with some people. Everybody from pros to practitioners of different styles of martial arts to hobbyists came! It was so great to meet good people. I was so happy to see people picking up on the technique. I hope everybody acquired at least one thing they really like and can use from now on. :

Some people wore Dragon Ball Z and Attack on Titan clothes because they knew I was also a fan! SO COOL! 😀


WE ARE SO COOL OMG

ahem.

Lots of people got “the frame” down! Best thing Coach John Wood ever taught me. One of the best.

After the seminar, CPMMA member and my new friend Cat became my chaperone and took me to Fight 2 Win, a grappling show. Thanks for getting me tickets, Josh! Before that, we stopped at WAWA and I got a burrito. OMG WAWA!!!! XD So amazing.
Ya’ll don’t appreciate Wawa until you can no longer go to a Wawa. 😀

I really enjoyed watching jiu-jitsu with other people who loved jiujitsu. I nearly fell asleep in my chair, though. #roxalepsy

Sunday morning I was so tired…. a good tired, but yeah. I was considering visiting Ryan Hall’s school, but it was far, I was exhausted, and promised the CPMMA ladies I’d go to their open mat. Before that, Josh took me to Brookside Gardens! It was so beautiful, and nice to see vegetation I am familiar with. I live in Vegas but I’m from the east coast. I grew up in Pennsylvania. It felt kind of like home….Thanks, Josh!

I had time to stop by open mat for a bit before heading to the airport to go home. Short and sweet trip!
Thanks to everybody who bought my book on Positivity! (available here: http://roxannemodafferi.net/RBlog/store/books/ )

Thank you, everybody, for showing me such love and hospitality!
I’ve had several other gym owners express interest in having me out for seminars. Email me at basilisk875 at yahoo.com!

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The week after my fight – BJJ, teaching & pics, MMA awards pics, plans, Jerkypro, SkinnyCow

Posted in every day, fight, fun, training, Ultimate Fighter/UFC, Uncategorized on July 16th, 2018 by roxyfighter

My week after my fight was pretty great.
I ate a lot and gained three pounds. 😀

I did a lot of gi jiujitsu. I literally cannot make it to Syndicate’s gi classes because they’re either ridiculously early, or during my kids class. I love Dunham’s BJJ Academy, (which I can only make if I leave early :/ ) and I love making friends with the guys there! You guys are fantastic.
(Sorry, Syndicate)
It wasn’t exactly giving my body the rest it needed from the stress of weight cutting and fighting, though. :/ I wasn’t injured, though, and what I wanted MOST of all was to do gi.

There’s a big jiujitsu tournament at the end of August…I’m not sure I’ll be able to do it. I’m not sure I CAN because I’m not registered as a brown belt due to stupid technicalities which I’m not going to even get into here. -_-;
I SHOULD train gi every day to prepare for it, do extra grip training, etc, but I just can’t compromise my MMA training that much. I still need to maintain myself and grow, and plus I have training partners who need me to help them train for fights and stuff. MMA is an individual sport but you need a team to take you there.

Sorry I keep ranting about the gi jiujitsu thing. I feel so strongly…. I’ve had multiple dreams about my frustration of wanting to do more. LOL oh well.

MMA is so unique and crazy. It’s like another dimension mentally for a fighter when they get in there, and I hope my blog gives readers a little bit of an idea.

So getting back to my week, I calculated how much money I spent on only private lessons between January and June and it was around $7,000. I was paying four different trainers cash every week! And their fees are reasonable. But it paid off in the end. My growth rate for skill and strength was high, and thankfully, my last payday in the UFC allowed me to afford it. I’m still not rolling in the dough, though, so I gotta be careful now.

I’m mentioning it because it illustrates how fighters don’t just go to MMA class every day. We have to do strength and conditioning specific to our needs, mitt sessions where the coach improves our personal skills, and I think grappling privates are less common than mitts, but they shouldn’t be! Mike Pyle and Casey helped me SO much with my top pressure game and guard game. I was super confident going into this last fight.

Last week I treated myself to a lesson with Rene Lopez, the head morning instructor at Dunham’s. We did breaking the lasso guard, passing spider, and stack passing. Rene is such a great teacher.

I did it on Saturday at Syndicate against a high level guy and I was like…

HECK YESSSSSSssssss
I blurted out, “omggg THANK YOU FOR LASSO-ING ME! I WAS WORKING SO HARD ON THE PASSSSSSSSSSSSSS”
He was like, “Uh…sure…”
Maybe he let me…. that’s probably it. Oh well, I’ll just be happy. lol

I did Syndicate MMA class on Wednesday because it’s grappling themed. I always avoid strikes to the head for one week after my fight. I didn’t get a concussion this fight, but Barb did hit me pretty hard a bit, mostly the first round. I bruise super easily and only got a shiner, so that shows something.

I have to take care of my brain, right? So yeah, Wed. was nice, and then Saturday I did open mat and did light sparring with Chelsea in the cage, and also some Muay Thai open mat. I haven’t done that for a while.

I missed my grappling buddy, Chelsea! We have the best scrambles. XD I’ve missed you!

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The Reen! With her Mega-man shirt and showing off her mega-muscles. LOL
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The SkinnyCow ice cream guys sent me a box of goodies and some free ice cream coupons as congratulations for my win! Thank you so much! I’m discovering even more flavors than I knew about previously! Which is all part of their plan to HOOK ME ON THEIR PRODUCTS. I can see right through you social media guys. Well you know what? It’s working. -_-; Show them some love on social media, guys! Their products are lower calorie than average, so check them out at your local supermarket! Walmart has their products, for sure.

My teammate Natan ninja-photoed some pics of me in the kids class! I’m rolling with one of my students, and then profiles of me and Coach Rick.

Oh, the week of my fight on Tuesday, we went to the MMA awards!

I got to sit with The Reen, John, and JoJo. I got to meet Big John McCarthy, Rashad Evans, and Justin Gaethje!


Also my interview and story I told about Big John was played on the big screen during his Lifetime Achievement award! I was super excited about that!

I wish I could fight again ASAP but we fighters have no control over getting fight offers. :/

I want to plan my yearly trip to Japan but I have no idea when I’m fighting next!
OH I’m doing a seminar at College Park Mixed Martial Arts in Beltsville, Maryland, on July 28th! For more info and to register, go to http://www.facebook.com/collegeparkmma!

aaaand here’s a random picture of Reenzilla.

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Results of my kids and my BJJ tournament! Belt promotions!

Posted in fight, fun, training on May 2nd, 2018 by roxyfighter

I feel very relieved and accomplished for completing one of my goals of fighting in a jiujitsu tournament this year as a brown belt. I was promoted last year by Captain in Feb 2017 after winning a tournament in California. It was one of the happiest days of my life! Since then, I had back-to-back MMA training camps, during which I put gi training on the back burner. Then I got involved with the Ultimate Fighter from June through August, and then had to train for a finale fight in December. Also, Captain left Syndicate, and Casey got knee surgery. I know how poorly I would do in a gi tournament if I didn’t train gi.

I know I have so many holes in my jiujitsu game. It’s a never-ending journey. I am strong in some areas and have holes in other areas. It’s also been on my mind to promote a bunch of my kids but I wanted to wait until they competed a few times as white belts before they moved up in competition. On the other hand, I didn’t want to hold them back TOO long because it’s good for kids’ motivation to get new belts, and also show their levels in class. It’s just that at tournaments, people sandbag. There are kids who’ve been training for like 3+ years and are still white belts, or put a white belt on just to compete. That’s wrong!

Anyway, I decided April 29th would be the day! The day of the tournament, the day my students competed, and the day after that I would promote them no matter how well they did.

I had to cut weight. I dieted down to basically my MMA fight weight, and cut a few points of water the morning of. Then I weighed in with my gi on and ate breakfast, while Serena warmed up the kids. The Jiujitsu World League organization is INCREDIBLY well-organized and emailed us all our division times a few days before. THANK YOU. So thanks to that, I knew I was going at 2 PM and the kids were going at 9 AM. I would have plenty of time to recover from the stress and tiredness associated with that.

The only thing was they ALL went at 9 AM. Ky and Ayden were on Mat 1, Artem was Mat 2, and Illia (pronounced “Eli” -he’s Russian) was on Mat 3. Illia is eight years old and his little brother Artem is five, almost six, I think.

So Serena went and sat with the first two boys, who are her little proteges, I sat with Artem, and glanced over at Mat 3 every minute or so, occasionally walking over there to make sure Illia (pronounced “Eli”) wasn’t up yet.

I was giving Artem my prefight speech (John’s prefight speech) about how not to be nervous because this is the same jiujitsu that he loves and does every day but the only difference is the environment, when some parent cried out to me, “Roxanne! Illia is going on Mat 3!!!”

WHAT? I jumped up. He was literally engaging with his opponent. WTF I just looked over there two seconds ago!! I didn’t have a chance to give him “the speech” yet! damn it!

I leaped out and made a mad dash down the tiny aisle between the bleachers and the judges table. I slammed into like three or four along the way, people making them grunt, stepped on somebody, knocked something out of somebody’s hand which clattered to the floor behind me…. SORRY! I was a madwoman. Get out of my way. My student is fighting.

I think I only missed the first twenty seconds. This kid was good! Strong! There was a messy takedown engagement, scramble, Illia (pronounced Eli) ended up on his back. I screamed, “Get your guard back!” He got his guard! Then ensued the struggle to pass guard. I was telling Illia to break his posture, pull his arms up, etc. Stuff happened. There was a scramble. Illia got mounted and the kid went for an armbar. The ref stopped it without a tap, but that’s usually with super little kids! These kids were older! WTH! Refs often stop kids matches too quickly without giving them time to tap. DAMNIT. Illia got up, like ‘wth I didn’t tap!’ I was so pissed. 🙁 Poor kid. He cried… I told him he fought really hard and let his parents hug him as I ran back to be with Artem.

Artem lost his first match on points, and then won his second by points!


Then he had to face his teammate Ayden in the third round. I think Ayden was the same? I didn’t see the matches because Serena was coaching. I think lost the first, won the second, and faced Artem in the third.

Artem won by armbar. :/ That was SUPER HARD TO WATCH. I was so proud of Artem but I hated coaching against Ayden. Serena was in his corner. Well, at Syndicate they take turns winning. Ayden has triangled Artem, and Artem has armbared Ayden, so it’s a good healthy rivalry. :/ Artem went on to lose his 4th match, which would have gotten him third place. I thought he must have placed somehow since he won two times. Oh well, there were a bunch of kids in his division.

Ky won his first match by rear naked choke, and lost his second, giving him second place. CHOKES! 😀 Yay go Ky!

I kept looking over at Illia, who was standing right next to the table with his father. I even asked Coach Adam if he could hang out over there in case he had to fight while I was cornering Artem. It seemed like an awfully long time to wait. Every time I went over there and glanced at the table and papers, I saw Illia’s name on the one underneath, so I knew he wasn’t up yet. Finally after Artem was done and Illia wasn’t, I knew something was wrong. Suddenly they turned the TV screen on the table off!

“Hey, excuse me!!” I said to the staff guy. “What happened to Illia’s second match?!” He said, “What?” WHAT DO YOU MEAN ‘WHAT?’ “He only fought once!” “Oh, we couldn’t find him so we disqualified him just now. We called his name.”
“HE HAS BEEN STANDING RIGHT HERE FOR AN HOUR,” I said. “Please go bring them back! Give him his second match!”
“Illia, right?” (said “ill-ia” like familia) “NO,” I said, “It’s pronounced “Eli.” Damnit they were saying his name wrong so he didn’t answer to it! They claimed that they asked around if anybody was Illia and nobody answered. Bullcrap! They found him the first time, didn’t they?!?

We power walked towards the podium but they refused to do anything for him. They said it was too late. I was so upset! Not only did he have a had experience with a quick stoppage, they gypped him of his second try! They gave the family a credit for the next tournament, but who knows when that will be. Grrrr! It’s the coach’s responsibility to make sure there are no mistakes, so I feel guilty. I should have verbally harassed them, “HEY when is my kid’s next match?!” but I was looking over his shoulder every five minutes, sent Adam over, his dad was there, there wasn’t much more I could do! I had a feeling his name pronunciation was going to be a problem. I should have said something. ;_;


I’m so proud of their performances and their bravery! It’s hard to go out and do this as an adult, much less a six or seven year old! haha or maybe it’s easier. I dunno. I love them all so much. Thanks, parents, for your support, and for letting me teach your precious children! Thanks, Serena, for helping me teach, and also supporting me with preparation, being here, emotional support, and many other things.

I was pretty stressed after that. Everybody was going out to eat and I really didn’t want to go. I just wanted to be alone. But on second thought, maybe it would be good to get out of the stressful tournament environment. We went to a Hawaiian place and I had a snack, plus the food I cooked for myself later. It was nice to spend some time chatting with the families of Ky and Ayden! Such good people!

We went back around noon and I chilled in a corner by myself for a while. I was so tired, but felt my energy and motivation come back by 1 PM. I told myself, I only had two or three rounds with one girl! I can do it! I’m in great shape and ready! I started getting really excited. I warmed up from 1:00-1:30. Then Coach Casey came and stood by my side for the rest of the time. Some other Syndicate teammates came just to cheer me on. Thanks, guys! That was really nice of you guys.

Her name was Talia and she was pretty good. I felt we were similar in skill but she fought better than I did. She used the gi better. She continually attacked and kept me off balance. She got better positions. A few times she did a nice move, and I thought, “Oh that was nice…ROXY STOP MENTALLY PRAISING YOUR OPPONENT.” lol I was a little too conservative with my techniques. The first round was 0-0 points but she got the ref’s decision on aggression, I guess, which was correct. For our second match, I managed to sweep her and get points. I admit I stalled in her guard for the last minute of the round. She kept reaching over my neck…. I wasn’t exactly sure what she was doing but I sensed danger!

I won the second match and wasn’t thrilled with my performance in it.

The ref kept restarting the match and not telling us when to go. Like, I expected, “ready GO!” but instead she just stepped back and Talia started attacking me. I totally wasn’t ready two out of three times, and almost got choked out once. I mean, Talia still would have won regardless. It wasn’t her fault I’m blind and couldn’t see the ref. I was super annoyed at the ref. It’s considered taboo to blame the ref for stuff, so I’m not “blaming her for anything.” Just saying this action was annoying. I learned my lesson! In the third round I was determined to take Talia down, but struggled. I did a full-committal uchimata….! But I missed her body. HAH. My leg went straight up in the air. I unconsciously didn’t want my back taken so I didn’t get under her enough. Gah! I have a lot of training to do still! Talia was really good at defending and grip fighting. I have to get better at that, too. The flow of the match was similar to the first two except I started taking risks, like going for a choke from bottom instead of defending the mount. She mounted finally, and went for a choke.

I started to black out but managed to escape! I couldn’t recover the points and lost on points.

I’m really glad we fought! Thanks so much, Talia. She was pretty nice, too.

I’m gonna train hard and get better. Monday and Tuesday (yesterday) I’ve already started training and fixing stuff I did wrong. I’m really excited to get better. Maybe we’ll fight again later after my MMA fight in July! I’ll still be a brown belt.
Like I told my kids, it’s okay to feel sad and frustrated because it shows you care, and you’ll put the energy towards improving.


Thanks, Casey, for your instruction, coaching, and emotional support. Thanks to my other jiujitsu coaches, Captain, Rick, and recently Rene Lopez at Dunham’s for helping make my jiujitsu better!
I went out to eat at Fuzzy’s with Syndicate people afterwards! (sorry I cut somebody out by accident!) I was so happy you guys came! <3

I went home and had a big piece of this! 😀 I got it FREE with a coupon! It’s been living in my freezer.

I normally can’t have food like this around…so this is not an encouragement to send me stuff. haha Just post-fight treats!

Mentally, it wasn’t over for me. It wouldn’t be over until I promoted my kids. I couldn’t rest. I lay down that evening and tried to relax but knew I had to make a poster for the gym that night because I wouldn’t have any other time on the weekday, so I got up and went back out, printed pics, and put it together. ~_~;

I wish I could have had a day off, but I went back to my busy training schedule on Monday. After my mitt session with John and my jiujitsu private with Casey, I realized I wasn’t going to make it…. My shoulder and neck were in such pain I could barely use it. No injury, just overuse and a strain. My mind was tired and I was frustrated. I wasn’t sure what my mistakes were exactly and was upset. John was calling for people to get on the mat for MMA class while I was crying in the locker room for like ten minutes. Monday was my favorite day – grappling focus! Exciting!

I decided I would compromise with myself by doing the drilling technique but not live rolling at the end. I did one round that tweaked my neck more, but I really wanted to try the moves of the day.

I collapsed but only for like 20 minutes, and then I had to go back and teach kids.

KIDS! I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS DAY FOR MONTHS!
Then I found out like 30 minutes before class Serena wasn’t coming because she was sick…..

I really wanted to promote the kids! So I asked the parents if I could wait until Wednesday, but that didn’t work out for everybody else’s schedules. I ended up promoting them on Monday like I had originally wanted to.


Mentally, I really really REALLY needed that. I felt such a weight off my chest, such a sense of pride as I tied their new belts around their waists!

They worked so hard! They improved so much! They were so happy! I told them all to keep working hard, and praised their efforts. Also in the big kids class we promoted Bailee, Chris, and Illia! I told Illia that I didn’t care that he lost his tournament match. He’s at a good level and strong, so he should keep training hard! 🙂

Okay, so at least I did my one BJJ tournament of the year, I can refocus on strength and conditioning (which I slacked on and replaced with BJJ leading up to this tourney), and fight prep training, to prepare for July 6th!

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Amanda “The Lady Killer” is visiting this week! and I got food poisoning

Posted in friends, fun, training, Uncategorized on February 24th, 2018 by roxyfighter

It’s been a busy, unusual week!

Amanda Bell has been visiting for the week. I first met her at an Invicta a number of years ago, and became friendly acquaintances. Keep an eye out for her fighting in Bellator!

We had this special moment together after we both lost our fights…. I had just fought Vanessa Porto in Invicta 12, in 2015, one of my toughest losses. My face has never gotten so swollen. I was so angry that my mom (who I was living with that the time) had to look at her daughter like that. I posted this picture and wrote “It’s so important to keep smiling no matter what.”

We followed each other on social media and kept running into each other at events. We talked about training together some day, and we finally made it happen. It’s been great not only training, but hanging out, and getting to know her more.

Last Sunday, actually, after my yoga and massage session, after I came out of the grocery store, my car wouldn’t start! 🙁 I used AAA to tow Lee to American Auto and Tire, one of the only autobody shops in Vegas open on a Sunday. (Thanks, friendly skateboard tow truck dude for stopping by my apartment first so I could drop off my groceries. >< Instead of seeing Black Panther with Serena, I sat in the repair shop all afternoon and paid $500 to get my starter replaced. :/ Oh well. I stopped to get food on the way home because I was starving. The staff seemed rushed and understaffed, but I was impressed how the cashier kept his cool and was always polite. Unfortunately, I think they rushed cooking the chicken because I got indigestion that evening. We picked up Amanda at the airport that night!
Then we took her to Skinnyfats, one of our favorite restaurants.

Monday, I had my usual mitt session with John and felt kind of crappy. Throughout MMA practice, I felt gradually worse and worse but forced myself to finish, realizing near the end that I had food poisoning. By the time I got home, I was down and out with a fever. 🙁

I couldn’t get coverage for my kids class, so I dragged myself to the gym and did the best I could with Serena for the 4:00 class. Rick couldn’t teach his 5:00 class, so I actually got Amanda to teach because she has experience teaching kids classes! There were only 4 kids because of the holiday, but that’s even harder! This is me laying down while she was teaching in the other room. ;_; Thank you so much, Amanda.

Tuesday I didn’t have a bad fever but still felt horrible, so I dropped Amanda off to train and then went home and slept. It sucked for me. 🙁 I’m glad she still got good training! I tried to watch movies but kept falling asleep and got a headache. Oh well, at least it wasn’t an injury. I felt a little better by the afternoon and even better by evening, so I wanted to at least take a walk.

I took Amanda to the Orleans Casino to play DDR, only to find they replaced it with that Korean machine with the dumb diagonal arrows! I don’t like it as much. :/

We played that, Mario Kart, and Transformers Prime!

We eventually got buzz sawed to death by Starscream? x_x

I then showed Amanda around the Luxor because she casually mentioned being interested in it. 😀 From there, we “found” the Las Vegas Sock Market and she bought me a gift of socks. XD

I ADORE SOCKS!!!!!! But I don’t need anymore, so please don’t send me anymore…. I have over 250 pairs by now, probably! 😀 I should do another fan guessing game with prizes. haha

So I found these Trump quote socks!

And posted on Instagram, “Haha funny socks.” Oh boy, I got people saying “F*ck Trump!” “Roxy’s being negative, I’m so disappointed in her” “I’m going to unfollow you.” etc

Come on, guys! You CAN’T SAY those socks didn’t make you smile. 🙂

I’m always so sensitive about controversial topics, I tried not to write anything inflammatory. I just posted “FUNNY SOCKS. HAHA.” I didn’t say ANYTHING political. I didn’t vote for Trump, but I certainly don’t wish him ill. I’m not going to make fun of him, but I will certainly laugh at something funny. *shrug* Geez. These socks crack me up every time I look at them. Just smile!

We watched the Fullmetal Alchemist live action movie on Netflix! It was really good! They did a great job stuffing the basic contents of 38 episodes into 3 hours. I thought the casting, acting, and effects were really really fantastic!! Roy was as bad-@$$ as he was in the manga! (okay I just got distracted for 10 minutes looking at pics online XD)

Anyway, Wednsday I was back to normal. Thanks, Amanda, for helping me with my wrestling session. Then I did the grappling class, then I did strength and conditioning with Lorenzo. It was actually a mentally and emotionally exhausting day for various reasons.
Kids classes were good.

Thursday my body was hurting in unusual places from the physical training, but I got through sparring. I didn’t get to do certain techniques I wanted to, but I did some others from previous sessions I had been working. So… 🙂 next time!

We dragged ourselves to the UFC Performance Institute afterwards and I got us in to use the cold plunge and hot tub for recovery.

Do you see how I skillfully used camera angles and overlapping to hide the fact that none of us are on weight and ready for bikini season yet? XD

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Then, I went to pick up my lunch box in the cafeteria. When I came back, my friends were GONE. I opened the steam room to check it and WHOOSH.

More blind than usual.

Friday, we kind of took it easy and did yoga and cardio. I taught kids.

Today is our last day together! For now!

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