Roxanne Modafferi

The Happy Warrior

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. πŸ˜€

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
We are both wearing Mei Li Fighting shorts…my favorite brand! check them out here: https://meilifighting.com/

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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Wedding in Mass, promotion, studying Japanese, training, update!

Posted in every day, family and holidays, friends, training on May 10th, 2018 by roxyfighter

I kind of fell off with my Japanese studying and I’m ashamed of myself. It has been my yearly resolution for years, five years exactly, ever since I left Japan. I’m not talking to my Japanese friends as much, not studying my notes, not writing as many blogs…. I have to do something and be more strict with myself. One reason is that I discovered I could take naps after breakfast. People ask me what I do when I wake up (unintentionally) at 4 AM every day. Well, after breakfast, I clean, do chores, use social media, study, write blogs, watch anime, stuff like that. But then I started falling asleep while watching anime and woke up an hour later feeling GREAT. So I intentionally started putting on slow-moving shows like the old Godzilla movies (sorry Serena) which knock me right out. There goes my extra hour. πŸ™

I always keep promises to myself, but maybe I need to reexamine this. Maybe schedule a time, like how at 10 AM every Sunday I call my college friend Q, or 3 PM every Saturday I call Mom. Maybe 7 AM every morning I’ll study song lyrics for ten minutes. That should be doable. That makes 70 minutes every week…

Alright.

This past week was exciting! On Friday I trained, taught kids, and then took a 10 PM night flight to Boston to visit my Dad and attend my step-brother Peter’s wedding. It was such a nice ceremony and event. Everybody looked great.

I wore a dress….

Lots of lovey-dovey speeches and stuff. My dad got remarried after I had graduated from college, so I never grew up with my step-family, but they are really good people. Congratulations, Peter and Megan!

The wedding was Sunday, so Saturday morning, everybody was involved with rehearsals and such preparations, so I went to Joe Lauzon’s MMA academy! It was literally down the street. I really enjoyed the grappling and opted out of the kickboxing part of it. I was sleep deprived, didn’t feel like getting hit in the head by people I didn’t know, and was getting over a light shoulder/neck strain. I grappled some really skilled people! Thanks for the hospitality, guys! πŸ˜€ I love traveling but hate how it messes up my training schedule. I always return home to Vegas feeling stiff, out of shape, and not as sharp.

I met Joe when I was a freshman in college, because I went to UMass Amherst and attended MMA and grappling events where he was. I remember a “Mass Destruction” MMA show that helped run because my coach Kirik was friends with the promoter Kipp. I think I helped build the ring. I was sitting at the T-shirts table getting ready to sell them, when someone shouted, “So-and-so dropped out of the fight.” Joe spoke up, “I’ll fight! I have my stuff!”

This was back in 2005 or 2006, I think? He just got in the ring and fought that night. And beat the other guy up. WHO DOES THAT?! That’s freaking amazing. He’s such a bad-@$$. Great person and I’m such a fan. I was so thrilled when he got in the UFC. Such an inspiration. When people ask me who my favorite fighter is, I say “Matt Serra and Joe Lauzon.”

I didn’t get to train with him this time, but it was cool to see him.

I promoted my student Aleena on Monday! I’m so proud of her! She’s been training constantly for about a year and a half. It’s hard to know when to promote kids because I want to award her hard work, but lots of schools hold their kids back so they can go to tournaments and beat up other white belts. It’s also a reflection on my teaching…I have to make sure I teach her enough and teach her well to be a good jiujitsu player. Some schools award belts based on time and attendance, not necessarily ability.

I felt so happy I almost cried to tie the belt around her waist. She was smiling so hard and was so happy! I love her so much!

Look at the expressions on everybody’s faces! hahaha So funny and cute!
When I went to take a pic with her, she jumped on my back and half-choked me. Hah. She likes to choke me. But I taught her that chokes are fun, so I do not mind. XD

We now have four new gray-white belts in my little kids class. Katie got promoted in the big kids class, so we have three new ranks there. yay congrats! πŸ˜€

My buddy and training partner Chelsea Rae has her first amateur fight coming up in June! I’m so excited for her to step in the cage and show her skills! She’s been helping me out by being my partner for wrestling and jiujitsu private lessons, and I’ve been trying to teach her stuff, too. This is literally the definition of “teamwork.” lol She’s looking for sponsors to help out with covering fight expenses, (like private lesson fees, printing clothing, diet food, weight-cut supplies, etc) so if you are interested in helping, hit me up! basilisk875 at Yahoo.com Or message on Facebook or twitter or whatever.

I haven’t done gi jiujitsu in a bit. :/ I miss it, but I have to refocus on my fight prep. I’ve done more conditioning and have started to feel like I’m getting back in MMA fight shape. It’s a totally different state of fitness. Right, John? I invited a new friend I made at Dunham’s BJJ, John Freeman, to come in and do the MMA grappling class with me and help me out, because 1) he’s cool 2) I can trust him not to injure me 3) he can out-technique me 4) he’s around my weight. Thanks a lot! Hope to see you next Monday!

My friend suggested I make an Amazon Wish list… I don’t want people to think I’m fishing for gifts, but why not make a list, I guess? I’ve been blessed with surprise packages from time to time. It makes me happy just to get anybody’s letter or kind word that they are thinking of me and wishing me well!

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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. πŸ™ 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! πŸ˜€ 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! πŸ˜€ 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! πŸ™‚

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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Jiujitsu stuff! Training for my fight vs Barb!

Posted in fight, training, Uncategorized on April 26th, 2018 by roxyfighter

Can you believe that something dumb like sleeping on the airplane hurt my neck? I got a tight muscle on Sunday and it got progressively worse and worse all week to the point where I could barely turn my head and train on the Saturday one week later. SO STUPID. -_-; Life happens? Remind me to never sleep on an airplane! (I frequently say this lol)
Thanks to my massage therapist Teri Wallace. What would I do without you? She always fixes me!

Anyway, it’s been a great week and a half. Some highlights are my kid students – I’ve been giving a few of the struggling ones private lessons and I can see vast improvements almost immediately! Like, I taught Lucas techniques on how to avoid getting mounted by blocking with the knee, shrimping, and framing, and he’s getting mounted like 75% less.

I have one child who gets really frustrated with herself, which didn’t used to happen. I think it’s because her level is higher now so I think she expects more of herself. I wish I had studied child psychology in school. I didn’t think six year olds got that way, but I guess she did! I told her, “You’re one of my best students, and just because you couldn’t do something, didn’t mean you were doing it wrong. Maybe the person was stronger or bigger or it wasn’t the right time. So don’t get upset, breathe, and try something else. I’ll always be proud of you as long as you do your best.” She didn’t get upset.
YAY so we (Serena and I) figured her out. Then, I saw her get stuck under someone’s powerful grapevine and I saw her face start to get upset. I ran over and calmly coached her out of it.

Like 60 seconds later, she got on top and did the SAME THING to the other kid!!!! I was like, YES!!!

(and I coached the other kid out of it, just to be fair lol)

She’s competing soon. I gave her and another boy a private on Monday and they did so well!
I LOVE THEM SO MUCH!! LOOK AT HER ANGELIC FACE.

Anywho.

My own jiujitsu training has been great.

JoJo, our new Scottish UFC fighter teammate, has been a fantastic training partner. She joined Syndicate recently so she has a different style, strength, etc. She is good at foiling my techniques, which is great, because it means I’m not doing them perfectly and I can perfect them better. Thanks, JoJo! πŸ˜€ She has the most amazing control I’ve ever encountered in training. She hit me with an upkick to the face and it tickled my nose. I was like, “How DARE she upkick me in training….wait…I’m not hurt!? Cool!” I’ve never gotten hurt going with her despite her throwing all sorts of dangerous stuff. It’s remarkable. πŸ˜€ You guys, It’S AMAZING! I cannot stress how valuable that is to have training partners like that!

I’ve started taking grappling lessons with Mike Pyle, recently retired UFC fighter and Team Syndicate member. I was planning to start MMA-grappling lessons after my tourney, but he texted me, asking me if I was ready, and posted on social media that he was bored, so I figured it would be best to start a habit of giving me a lesson so I don’t lose my opportunity. lol I hadn’t intended on doing gi with him, but I’ve learned a TON of my first two lessons! Thanks, Mike!

I’m so excited for my tournament this Sunday! Four of our kids are competing, too. Yay!

My next fight has finally been announced! So finally, July 6th, Barb Honchak, in the TUF 27 finale in the Palms in Vegas! πŸ˜€


I’ve been watching TUF 27, also. The second ep was yesterday. I like it a lot.

Jodie Esquibel stopped by Syndicate and we sparred. It was great!


There were EIGHT fightergirls on the mats! Me, Serena, Jessy Jess, Alexa Connors, Jojo Calderwood, Meeks, Chelsea Rae, and Jodie! And obviously awesome dudes.

I saw the movie Rampage last Sunday.

I liked it a lot! Great, believable plot, action, great acting by Dwayne Johnson! I really like him. I feel like he’s been in a ton of movies lately. I have to say, though, ever since 9/11 and 3/11 (Japan’s disaster), I can’t enjoy a good building falling down anymore, or other destruction in a movie. I get really upset because I’ve seen the real thing and know how horrible reality is. ;_; I think I’m getting MORE sensitive as I get older, rather than desensitized….

On Saturday I taught a kid’s private lesson, then did an hour of gi jiujitsu rolling, then rushed to my physical training session. Lorenzo had me pull and push sleds, and carry heavy bags. Then he said, β€œOkay, *pause* now you’re gonna kick the heavy bag until it stands up on its end, and stack those giant tires over it.” He kicked the bag and smiled at me. I kinda thought he was kidding, but wasn’t sure, so I proceeded to gather three huge tires by flipping them. The first was easy. Then for the second one, I had to use a smaller tire as a step-up or wedge. As I was working on the third one, Lorenzo told me he was actually kidding but he loved my effort and wanted to see if I could do it! It was really hard! I partially pulled it up, partially got under it and pushed, and then I had to get it over the top of the heavy bag. I DID IT!!



GO ME! I was so dirty afterwards. Getting ready for Barb Honchak, July 6th. I’ll never get β€œtired” while fighting her.

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Where are the brown belts at? JoJo is here, Just Tap

Posted in fight, training on March 31st, 2018 by roxyfighter

You see me posting about jiujitsu a lot, don’t you?

So it’s my favorite thing ever, and all last year when I had back to back fights, I did less gi training because it wasn’t really helping me prepare for the fight. (There’s a HUGE debate on that! If you have an opinion, feel free to email me at actuallydontemailme@gmail.com) LOL So I’ve been holding back my excitement to compete and get better at gi.

I looked at competing March 31st or April 7th in tournaments in Cali and Phoenix, but big surprise…no other brown belt females signed up!

I don’t know where you are, but I will find you and tap you out.

haha!!

But seriously. So I emailed the Jiujitsu World League people and asked, “Hey, are there any other brown belt females?” A guy wrote, “Yes, but they all canceled due to lack of other brown belts,” and I wrote back, “WELL CALL THEM BACK!!!” He tried but apparently nobody responded. ;_: So I paid online to sign up for the April 7th one to get my name on the website, but come one week before, there was a deadline to cancel, so I got a refund. *sigh*

In my jiujitsu world on the POSITIVE side, and this is super positive, I’ve started visiting Dunham’s Jiujitsu Academy. I really don’t want to go anywhere other than Syndicate to get training, to be honest, but they have really high-level light-weight gi-players there. I got permission from my Syndicate coaches to go for jiujitsu practice. I love them! Rene is such a phenomical instructor, and I feel myself improving just after two weeks of going. He calls attention to little details in technique, which is making all the world of difference. I’m retaining and recovering my guard more in gi and also MMA practice. I’m able to manage my space better using my feet and arms in better conjunction.

Here are pics from last Saturday!

It was great to run into Damien, who I’ve seen around the Vegas BJJ circuit for a few years! He has a Scar’s tattoo on his arm from Full Metal Alchemist. ^^
Raquel and Tammi can tap me out. YES!!!!! It’s what I NEED to get better!


I’m coming back for more, baby.


Annie is so fun to train with! <3 We had an epic battle where she caught me in a triangle and, after a two-minute struggle, I got out but my pants fell down. They fell totally around my knees, so when I stood up, gasping for breath, I stumbled because they were around my ankles, and fell down. XD Hah! Pants. The struggle is real. Casey has been watching me train at Syndicate and giving me pointers in our private lessons afterwards, as well as live coaching. Thanks, Sensei! In other news, Joanne Calderwood is here visiting Syndicate. I hope she decides to stay!

I love training with her! She is better than me at striking, and shows me stuff like knees and elbows but has SUCH great control that she doesn’t really land the normally taboo, dangerous stuff other than a touch. I know I can go with her and not worry about getting knocked out or getting a concussion. This has been a problem for me in the past. And she’s a nice person.

And SHE’S going to get better at take-down defense, I’m sure, since I’ll be constantly trying to take her down in sparring class. hahaha Then I’ll get better at foiling her defense, and she’ll foil my foil and the joyful circle will continue!

Serena’s fight is coming up!

She’s on the poster! Far left!
Holy crap I can’t wait for this fight. I also can’t wait for her weight-cut to be over. I want my energetic nacho-buddy back so badly. πŸ™ She’s working SO hard. I have full confidence that she’s going to come out on top in this fight.

I heard Dragon Ball Z Super ended, and I’m behind, so I’m trying to get on it before I hear a spoiler. I saw a minor one by accident, actually.

I love this quote that Piccolo said to Gohan in ep 88:
“I see nothing but eagerness. You won’t get anything done like that. Training is pointless, much less getting stronger. It’s true that the wish to protect (or win) can give you strength, but wishing too strongly can be dangerous. If you can’t control it properly, it will impede more than benefit. If you obsess with winning, you can’t calmly assess a situation. No fight is assured victory. First, accept that fact. And then win despite it! You can win!”

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