Last April, I had the opportunity to train out in Carlsbad CA. I was welcomed at Gracie Jiu Jitsu Carlsbad with open arms! The owners and members let me jump in to their Saturday Morning class. It was a great class and I ended up getting in 2 rolls with Brown Belt, Jennifer Recinos, 2014 Pan Am Champ! The owner Nick Stefan's wife, Staci was the only other female in the gym that day, unfortunately she had just suffered a torn ACL. Staci has just started a BJJ Blog to write about her ACL surgery, recovery, and getting back on the mat. I started reading through her blog today and I wanted to share. Staci is a mom of two boys, BJJ wife and a competitor. Lots of fun stuff!! Take a look, I'm sure you will enjoy.
Just a Girl & Eminence Kimono are excited to announce the coming release of 2 new gis in the coming month!
One for the ladies and one for kids. Sorry Men...your next though! check out www.eminencekimono.com for our men's products
Here's a sneak peak of Eminence Kimonos "Lil Monster" designed by Kayla Reupenny (with help from Ben Perkins)
AND.....Due to MANY requests, The Festival De La Vida in Black!!
Thank you to ALL who have supported us & help us to continue to put out new products!
And the winner is......
A few weeks ago "Just a Girl" held a contest for the next JAG Top Model!!
Picking a winner was very tough!! So many adorable little fighters!! After some input from friends and sponsored athletes the winner is:
Kalea will be featured on our FB, instagram and website! she has also won a pair of "Dream" spats and a "Foxy" T !
Congrats Kalea! And thanks for the adorable pictures!
Finding "Our Couple"
The day we arrived in Punta Cana we went straight to the pool, it was 3:00 in the afternoon and the crowd at the bar was well on their way to being wasted. We were immediately approached by a large drunk man who was lettin' it all hang out! He and his friend "That guy" seem to take a liking to us. They were accompanied by their equally smashed wives. Andrew and I, being completely sober spent the whole strange, slurred conversation trying to plan our escape. As we finally got away, we thought "It may be hard to find some cool people to hang out with, everyone is beyond the level of WASTED that we ever get!" So set the search for "Our Couple"
As we strolled the pool we noticed other couples drinking, napping, dancing, reading, smoking, not speaking English etc... we laughed as we realized we were very picky (we don't smoke and don't drink too often). Some couples appeared too boring, too crazy, too drunk, too young or too old. We felt more like swingers on the search then just a fun but, not overly wild couple just looking for some interesting conversation and drinks with new friends.
As the "Mama Juana" shots started to spread at the swim up bar, we got into "Vacation mode"! We ended up making several new friends from Canada, different areas of the US and Europe, all ages & nationalities. A new group of travelers came in daily so "our couple" changed daily as-well. We had a great time everyday and night and created life long memories and probably left an impact on many people we came in contact with as-well (some good, some maybe not so much) Andrew did tell a guy he had "nice nips" on one of our crazy days! And we had several occasions when someone looking vaguely familiar walked by and said "HEY!!!" All in all we wouldn't change a thing but, we are happy to be back home in our "non-drinking", "back to training" life!
To check out the Hubby's version of our honeymoon http://drewjitsu.com/honeymoon-punta-cana/
As much fun as it was honeymooning in The Dominican Republic this past week, I'm happy to be back home.
Aside from missing my family, friends and dogs, it's nice to have "American" food again, sleep in my own bed, and really relax! Going on Vacation, we all have the plan of relaxing, for Andrew & I that really just meant leaving business, stress of day to day life and the clock behind, which we did! But, "relax" we really didn't do much of. Being at an all inclusive it's very easy to have a drink in your hand at all times. Living the BJJ lifestyle, it's hard to drink very often (training with a hangover or dehydrated is not fun!) we go out for a beer about once a month so we we're definitely out of our comfort zone at the resort. We drank like we were 21 again....that is until about day 5 when we realized we weren't. We have been back for 2 days now and I still am not quit right!
As we rode in on the shuttle to our hotel, we were warned of the popular local drink "The Mama Juana", we were told "write down your name and room number and give it to someone if you choose to try it. Well, we decided we should be adventurous and try it! And yes! we should have written down our name and room number. One shot of Mama Juana and you can easily become "that guy" which we did on a few honeymoon moments. (stay tuned for my next few blogs to hear about those moments) ;)
We did spend some time on excursions, which was amazing....We toured the countryside of Punta Cana, rode horses, went scuba and snuba diving, participated in an Indian ritual and then some..... We did sit on chairs on the beach for a minute, floated on rafts in the pool and enjoy the beautiful weather of the Caribbean. We took a couple naps, went out to dinner every night and partied at the swim up bar. We met some BJJ peeps and spent an evening at a BJJ gym (which was like training in a sauna) but, an awesome experience rolling with the locals (who were very good btw).
Enjoy the picks and stayed tuned for more of our fun adventures in The Dominican Republic!