David & Goliath

As I look around my classroom, I am not unsympathetic to the anxiety that teens nowadays experience.  What I do have is an issue with how many expect things handed to them on a silver platter.  Few are willing to work for success anymore. In a time where instant gratification is the norm, it is... Continue Reading →

Girls just wanna have fun!

I love how Cyndi Lauper twists her dad's arm behind him because whether it is a girl going out dancing or rolling around on the mat, truth is...Girls just wanna have fun! Last night was an amazing class learning sweeps but most of all, it was the first time that as I lost control of... Continue Reading →

A day of firsts..

First class of 2017. First time going to a day class. First time going to a beginner/adult combination class. First time meeting yet another whole group of grapplers. First time I felt no intimidation walking onto the mat!!  (Yay me!) Best of all, first time I actually felt the challenge to want to earn my... Continue Reading →

Women empowering women…

The one thing I am finding it difficult to locate are Jiu Jitsu technique resources that include women who are in their 40s and up.  I did however find this very inspiring page of women who changed the look of Jiu Jitsu - thank you for posting this. It is true, Jiu Jitsu is a... Continue Reading →

What exactly is a Gi?

My friends are such sweethearts.  They have been reading along through my posts and when they come over, they see my Gi (pronounced Gee ) on the drying rack, the list of techniques on my fridge door and they smile.  "You have really taken to Jiu Jitsu, haven't you Yolanda?" My soul brightens up a... Continue Reading →

I am a Bad Mom!

  Its 6am and I wake up with a terrible fright.......the "tooth fairy" fell asleep!!!  OMG!!  Run! Run! ......NNOOOOOOOO!!!! Tip toe quietly....damned the squeaky hardwood floor!! The 'tooth fairy' has just placed the money on the night table and as she grabs the tooth, hears a sleepy voice...."Mama, are you the tooth fairy?" I'm sooooo... Continue Reading →

On a more serious note…Domestic Violence

Movies that depict this: Safe Haven - Sleeping with the Enemy.  Hollywood-ized but I am sure it is closer to the truth than we want to admit. Articles: Statistics in Ontario -  The Facts about Violence against Women - We are failing the victims of Domestic Violence  - just to mention a few. Support groups: how sad that there are so many just in our... Continue Reading →

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