Hello and welcome!

My name is Yolanda.  A regular woman meandering through life in hopes to make a difference in this crazy world but mostly I am a mom to an amazing teenager (then again, being her mom, I am somewhat biased).  Seriously though,  I cannot take too much credit as she has learned to make good decisions in her life and I couldn’t be more proud of her.

She is my main inspiration for this blog hoping that it provides insight for her, my high school students and my fellow future Jiu Jitsu ladies (‘jiujiteiras’); it’s never too late to learn something new as well as there are no limits to being a woman.  As for the rest of you,  you may simply enjoy reading about my muses and mishaps throughout my adventures into a world of martial arts, namely Jiu Jitsu.

I want to share my real life trials and tribulations especially when I have absolutely no background in martial arts of any kind nor am I much of a sporty girl.  At many pounds over the BMI expectations for a 5’1″ woman, I did not join to lose weight or to get into shape (tho these are beginning to be some wonderful side-effects, there may be a bikini body in me yet!).  I joined because it seemed to be the one thing that finally challenged me to fight my inner demons.

Mind. Body. Soul.  This is what Jiu Jitsu has become for me.

Join me in what I hope to be a life-long journey, Mom! You look like a Jiu Jitsu girl!!