So, I am off to California to compete at Pans. This is my first year competing as an adult. Seven athletes will be competing from Legacy or Ares Alaska, joining our brothers and sisters from all over the world in the Ares Association to bring all the fire we can. I am super excited to be at Pans. Whether you are my opponent, a fan, or a competitor, I hope that we can all compete and do our very best.
When I was thinking what to write in this blog, I thought of how I was raised and how it’s helped get me where I am today… but who knows more about how I was raised and taught than my mom, so this blog I thought should be written from her perspective. Here is what she thinks.
As we continue into the holiday season, it’s important to remember that we should not only love each other and be grateful for all that we have, BUT we also need to love and be grateful for ourselves. This does not mean buying for ourselves or being selfish, on the contrary it means being true to ourselves.
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We asked Elisabeth Clay, the IBJJF Worlds and ADCC West Coast Trials (under 60kg) Champion, what she loves to use while training. Below is a breakdown of her favorite products. These gifts are guaranteed to help that special person in your life #TrainWithConfidence!
There are so many reasons to love Jiu Jitsu:
Good news (although it’s not as good as I want)! Yes, my knee is coming back, and according to my recovery team, I am doing well. But as usual for me, it is not fast enough…lol. Every day I am stronger and my leg more stable. Every day there is less swelling in the knee, the muscles are calming down and manual therapy is more and more effective. For those who want an idea of what I’m doing to help recover, here it is.
For those of you who have been following my Facebook or Instagram, you know that I had to pull out of ADCC for a knee injury. The results of the arthrogram MRI just came in: I do not have a complete tear of the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), but there is a lot of injury to the PCL and the posterior capsule with lots of fluid, as well as some other stuff.
Many wonder why I want to train like I do. I cannot tell you how many times I was told by previous teammates and coaches that if I kept training like I did, that I was going to burn out within a few years, if I even made it that long, or that I was making the wrong choices because I was not being a kid or a teen. They would criticize me for not doing “normal” things like going to prom or skipping hanging out with friends to train.
I have two awesome families: my jits family and my incredibly supportive blood family. This has made me realize that my love of jiu jitsu means more to me than having a connection with someone else.
The longer I train the more I realize that without partners who support you, push you and encourage you, success cannot be obtained. So, let me tell you a little about each of my closest training partners. Meet the ADCC team.
I hear people talk a lot about how to balance school and other obligations with Jiu Jitsu training. I was actually asked this less than a week ago, so I thought I would address it.
Many say that since I was homeschooled, I really just trained and didn’t do a lot of schoolwork. This isn’t the case. Most of my high school courses were college textbooks. My mother has multiple degrees and has been a college professor. Me not being well learned was never an option. Let me say to all the Jiu Jitsu practitioners (or anyone), education is extremely important. Choose your passion to follow, but do not neglect being learned.
In last week’s post we introduced you to Elisabeth Clay, a 16-year-old from Alaska who is coming off recent wins at the 2017 ADCC West Coast Trials and the Onnit Invitational 4 (she fights at min. 00:17:00). This week, she gives us a quick peek into her life outside of the ring! Be sure to check back every week! #AKtoADCC #TrainWithConfidence #ZebraMats