A Tribute to the gentle giant Brandon Kessinger

On Tuesday night, July 5,2011, We lost a very dear member of our team.  Brandon Kessinger, the purple belt that I would often refer to as the “Gentle Giant” passed away, he was 30. Kessinger I will carry you with me every training session, every tournament, and especially this upcoming fight. You were always so supportive of … Continue reading

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Day 6: Disbelief

  I think this is the part of the process called denial. It’s weird, i know that he is dead but I don’t feel it. I’m having a hard time understand what Garics being dead means. Is that strange?? The past 6 days have been excruciating but for some reason I feel like he is … Continue reading

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Yoga through the grief

–First and foremost. For those of you that want answers Garic Salmonowicz, was killed in a fatal accident Saturday June 18, 2011 morning.  He was driving southbound to Nashville from Bowling Green to pick up his partner from the airport. From what i understand he hydroplaned and some have said that if he had been … Continue reading

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Ol Grumpy Bear

Despite the sad title i’m actually smiling while I write this blog 🙂 .  So as of lately i’ve been working two jobs (about 56 hours a week), literally every single day which means my training has been nonexistent either because I can’t physically get out of bed or i’m not all the way there mentally. So today … Continue reading

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Relocating

I’m pleased to announce that our gym has relocated to a new location!! Which means clean, a/c, new aura, guys & GIRLS bathrooms (thank you jesus) as well as a few other amenities like showers and what not.  Even during the move i could tell that the change is one for the best and everyone’s excited for … Continue reading

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It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without a little BJJ

So it’s valentine’s day weekend..the time for love, and cheesy movies, and tons of chocolate goodies…but when you both train bjj what’s the nuuummmbbbeeerrrr one thing on your v-day todo list?? Well that’s simple, train.  We spent the entire weekend consumed with Strikeforce Fights (Fedor 😦 ) , online bjj instructionals, combing through past videos of … Continue reading

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Ok so maybe it isn’t thaaaat bad.

This morning I woke up in the arms of someone that genuinely cares for me and right then and there I had an epiphany,” Yeah everything in my life could be better, but it really isn’t that bad.” I know it sounds silly but for someone like me whose entire life is lived in extremes, … Continue reading

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You don’t always get what you want

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”- Frederick Keonig Today’s been a better day.  Coudn’t make it to no-gi last night on account that I had to work.  My shift took an unfortunate turn a … Continue reading

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Guess Who’s Coming to dinner:A peek into my interracial relationship

In case you haven’t noticed, brazilian jiu-jitsu has hijacked my blog so here’s something from another facet of my personal life…This past thanksgiving I conquered unchartered lands by *que dramatic music* bringing the boyfriend home to meet the folks. Bless his heart. I had never taken anyone home before for a holiday before so I … Continue reading

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Save the drama for your momma

“…My real problem lies with that fact that he would intentionally and with such malice disrespect me. We’re teammates. We laugh, we joke, but at the end of the day we respect one another…” When I started training the amount of drama ‘on the mat’ surprised me. Frankly it was hard to sift through all the b.s. and distinguish between who had a … Continue reading

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