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The Week in Review: Guts, Glory, and Gold

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The end of October marked a year of doing Jiu Jitsu. My journey of Jiu Jitsu started with taking a small chance by trying out 1 class. I kept showing up, trying my best, and worked through the frustrations of the long learning curve of learning a martial art. After a year, I feel like the moves are becoming more intuitive and flowing together naturally.

I won second place in my division at my first Jiu Jitsu tournament in June. Afterwards, I consistently told my coaches that I was going to win first place in my next tournament. Somewhere deep down I thought I could do it, but self-doubt kept bubbling up. Admittedly, I wanted to back out. I tweaked my shoulder last week, and I thought I found my excuse not to compete. But then, I found that I REALLY wanted to do it. I was anxious about it, but I wanted to be challenged. I also had kept envisioning that I was alone there, but then I remembered that several teammates would be there. I babied my shoulder for a couple of days and meditated the night before, focusing on the goal of winning.

I got to the tournament and one of my teammates was there. About 10 people showed up altogether. I went towards the beginning, which was good. I got the take downs and won both of my matches by getting submissions. If you're familiar with the moves, Rear Naked Choke the first match and an arm bar the second. I won the tournament over the other 7 women.




This picture is almost unreal to me. I never thought I would be standing on a podium claiming a gold medal!



And a few hours later (I'm in the purple sweater) with some of the guys, watching UFC (and having a little too much to drink emoticon).



I have found myself through doing Jiu Jitsu. There is something transformative about the raw physical experience of grappling, and in practicing, my true self is emerging. Practicing Jiu Jitsu has taught me to boldly face my fears. The guys at my gym have been telling me since day 1 that they believe in me. Their words have slowly sunken in and helped uncover the champion in me. Winning the tournament was not crossing a goal line, it was a stepping stone. Winning just makes me want to train even harder, work on fine-tuning what I already know, and building up from there. It also made me feel more serious on focusing on losing weight steadily again. The first year was great, but he best is still yet to come.
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HIPPICHICK1 1/11/2013 8:32AM

    WOW!! You're my first cup of awesome this morning!
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LIBBYL1 11/27/2012 10:34PM

  Inspiring! ...

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PAMELA6289 11/27/2012 11:10AM

  Way to go, Hot Mama! I have missed you!

You should be very proud of your perseverance and your strength of mind and will in working through the uncomfortable stuff.

I am proud of you, my friend!

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MUSICALLYMINDED 11/25/2012 6:59PM

    Congrats again!

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TRAVELGRRL 11/23/2012 2:17PM

    I love that you have found your "inner champion!" CongratulaTions on your awesome accomplishment!~

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FANGFACEKITTY 11/22/2012 2:38PM

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Congratulations on your victory!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/22/2012 7:05AM

    Just soooo awesome!
Congratulations!
Lov
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Mary

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DOODIE59 11/20/2012 10:25PM

    I love your last paragraph -- you are on your way! WooHoo! Transformative's the word:)
You go!
Deirdre

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/20/2012 7:54PM

    Fantastic!! Amazing that you have already accomplished this goal! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Congratulations on winning that gold medal. You worked hard to get to that podium ! I'm sure this is the first of many more medals you'll earn.

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SPOONGIRLDEB 11/20/2012 9:10AM

    You are really an inspiration!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

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APED7969 11/20/2012 3:53AM

    Congrats!!! Awesome job :-) I love following your progress

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1HAPPYWOMAN 11/20/2012 1:46AM

    Congratulations, gold medallist! You rawk! emoticon

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