Hey fit beauties!
I’ve been MIA pretty much since the summer while working on my Personal Trainer certification. The course was more intense than I had imagined, so I felt like if I wasn’t studying then I was wasting precious time. But I passed (yay!) and now I’m working on my Health Coach certification, which is somewhat easier. Sooooo I’ve found myself with extra time again & here I am 🙂
I’m dedicating this fitness post to my newest adventure in life, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I’ve taken a step back from weight lifting somewhat, with just one day a week to maintain. For those of you who don’t know, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a form of self defense. While on the ground, it teaches you how to use technique paired with leverage to submit your opponent, no matter what size he or she may be. In my opinion, this is what makes this martial art so important for women to learn.
As a woman walking through New York City day in and day out, the amount of times I feel threatened is innumerable. I think I can speak for most women that, no matter where you live or work, we’re easy targets. We can be (not always) viewed as weak and vulnerable which is why it’s SO important for us to learn how to defend ourselves. If you’re thinking to yourself that you might want to hop on this bandwagon, I’m not going to tell you that it’s easy, but I will tell you that you should 100% try it as well as give you some truth and insight on my experiences so far to prepare you.
You know when you’re training for whatever sport or leisure physical activity that you do, and you feel like you want to die from discomfort? Imagine that burning sensation of your fatigued muscles. Imagine having to over come that pure exhaustian while trying to escape from vulnerable positions your partner is enforcing in order to choke you. This is the training that I do every day. 4-5 times a week, I’m put into the most uncomfortable positions by people twice my size. I get bruised, I get injured, I get frustrated. I’ve tried to force my strength on men twice as heavy as I am to quickly learn that it doesn’t work. I’ve gotten angry when a girl half my size submitted me. Day to day I feel like my chest is going to collapse from someone’s body weight bearing on it while at the same time I try to maintain air going in and out of my lungs. I’ve realized that as strong as I thought I was deadlifting 225 pounds in the weight room has really only built an ego that gets dropped as soon as I step foot on the mats.
By now, you’re probably wondering what the heck is wrong with me. You’re most likely thinking that life would be a lot easier and more comfortable if I stuck to lifting dumbbells. Well, why DO I decide to essentially torture myself every day? Because it’s a challenge. It’s something completely, 100% out of my comfort zone. It’s pushing me past what I thought were my physical limits. It’s teaching me patience. It’s teaching me how to take my defeats and turn them into lessons learned. It’s teaching me how to have respect for my training partner who just tried to pull my limbs apart. I’m discovering how to remain calm while in high stress situations. Most importantly, I’m learning how to defend myself.
Ladies, if I can do this, YOU can.