Sunday, August 7, 2011

My First Post

My name’s Anna and I’m a 22-year old Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner. I love and live for the sport. This is a blog about my experiences with the gentle art.

Here’s a bit about myself:
I train with the best group of BJJ Folks in the world: Team Roberto Traven. I’ve played soccer most of my life, but I started getting into martial arts when I entered college. I started with just cardio kickboxing classes, and then attempted Muay Thai for about a year. I truly enjoyed the athleticism involved in Muay Thai, but I didn’t really have the nerves or the “killer instinct” necessary to be successful. So, in December of 2009, after getting my butt kicked in my most recent Muay Thai match, I decided to try a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class. Needless to say, I fell in love with the sport the very first time I tried it. I competed many times in my first year and a half of training, culminating in March, 2011 when I won my division at the IBJJF Pan American Championship. I was beyond ecstatic with this outcome, as it was my first big IBJJF tournament, but even more exciting was the blue belt promotion I received from Professor Traven upon returning from the tournament. About a month later, I graduated college…which I have mixed feelings about. Since I started training BJJ while I was in college, I was able to train basically whenever/however much I wanted, as I purposefully scheduled classes around my BJJ schedule. Now that I’m officially a grown-up with an official grown-up job, I’m trying to figure out the best way to balance training with the grind of adulthood.

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  1. You're def an inspiration! Keep up the hard work and I hope to join you on the mat this fall. -Rach

  2. Thanks a lot Rach! I plan on it! And you definitely should try it out, you never know, you might fall in love too. :-)

  3. Cool - always good to see a new blog to add to the list. ;)

    Have you ever trained with Paul Thatcher? He's a Traven black belt who popped down to visit us at Gracie Barra Bristol a while back.

  4. Thanks, i appreciate you checkin out my blog! And yes, I know Paul, very cool guy. :-)

  5. Great write-up! Will have to check this out.
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