Big Scare for this Small Town

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Late last night children and parents were informed through social media of a possible threat by two teenagers to “shoot up the high school” and warning other classmates to not go to school today. The high school is directly connected to the Elementary school and today a school play was supposed to take place in the high school auditorium, meaning the entire elementary would have been in the high school. The sheriffs office and the school took fast action and located the juveniles, a 14 year old boy and a 16 year old female. The two teenagers were detained and taken to a Juvenile Detention center awaiting their hearing. While there were no premeditated plans or any sign of planning by the teens, the threat was taken very seriously. Today there were deputies located at the high school, junior high and elementary school.

Many students did not attend class today for fear of a third teenager being involved. I sat my kids down this morning and told them everything and then asked them how it made them feel: where they scared, did they want to go to school? My 5th grade son’s reaction was about what I had expected, he was mad about the threat – it angered him. I told him if he did not want to go to school he did not have to… But he answered with, “it will be ok mom, there will be deputies there and I can help protect the little kids if something does happen.” My 1st grade daughter’s reaction was of her being scared but she was relieved the deputies were going to be watching over them. My daughter in junior high had a different reaction because once explained she realized how serious it was and she did hesitate to go to school.
Three of my four kids went to school today and it was hard to hold back the emotions. My son gave a deputy a high-five and said Thank You this morning and my daughter skipped down the hall as I walked her to class.
This situation was dealt with appropriately, but I think the damage has already been done as a whole community was sleepless with concerns of safety for our babies.
Today should be like any other day, but this small town was definitely rocked and we hugged our kids longer, told them we loved them repeatedly and took more time to listen. Every day is a blessing and Today we are all reminded how precious time is.

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Change was Inevitable

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I believe that some schools get so caught up in a “work as minimally as possible and collect the money” that the owners completely forget that they loved this sport and that love inspired them to open a gym. My personal experience was disheartening and sad to watch, but this has also given me more than enough reason to justify my journey to continue some where else.
As I have been without a gym before it has never stopped me from continuing my training. I am grabbing my Gis and closing the door behind me… I have never been a good Blind Follower.
I found a group of individuals who are on the same path or journey as myself and have decided to join this group. No BJJ politics, it is simply flat out Jiu-Jitsu and sharing of techniques and building
friendships. You may have heard of this progressive group and if you have not check it out at BJJ Globetrotters.
After two days of thinking things through and talking things over with my husband it became more clearer than ever that I made the right decision. I had an almost instant feeling of relief, that stress was lifted and I cannot wait to see what the future holds.

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~ Globetrotter ~
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Promotions!!

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I have not been able to get to promotions since last February but tonight I got to go and it was awesome! The look of the kids who got stripes is priceless, I love watching that. One of the guys next to me I was sure was to get his blue belt and I could tell he was a nervous wreck. I joked with him a bit and told him not to cry lol! I think everyone was promoted and we got two new female blue belts, pretty cool stuff. Afterwards we had a huge open mat, it was just packed.
It is extraordinarily hard for me to not try and help lower belts when their technique is off and I bit my tongue a few times but eventually I had to speak up. I always ask, “do you want to know why that is not working?” Its cool when you literally see the lightbulb go off above their head.
My lungs are still a battle I have to deal with every time I roll, and it is so discouraging to have to stop in the middle of a roll just to breath. I am not what I was before or what I could have been and most people would give up, but I would rather be struggling on those mats everyday than not at all. Jiu-Jitsu makes me happy… Struggle and all.

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Believe in Yourself

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I was looking back at 2014 and thought about all that happened and what I overcame to find peace and return to jiu-jitsu. One of my biggest faults was that I allowed other people’s words to defeat me as a person, a jiu-jitsu competitor and in the process I loss my courage, self confidence, and even self esteem. I called on friends for help and support during this time and got some great insight, but even with support I still lost my love and desire to be on the mats.
2015 Resolution: I will never allow anyone to belittle me on or off the mats and defeat me as a person and jiu-jitsu player.
I think one of the cooler things to happen in 2014 was the growth and seeing how much my game has evolved and changed. I think a lot of my teammates saw my traveling and seminars and private lessons as a threat. Reality is that I needed more exposure to higher belt females and I went out and got it. Rolling with purple, brown, and black belt females has opened my eyes literally to a new view point of jiu-jitsu… I was given encouragement, fed positivity and found balance on and off the mats. I can sum it all up with one sentence that a very well known black belt said to me before we flow rolled.
“Even though I am a black belt, It does not mean I do not get surprised and get caught… It can happen.”

I have learned a lot in 2014 and one of the biggest lessons learned was that Jiu-Jitsu has humbled me and it is a process that has to happen for growth.

~ I love Jiu-Jitsu~

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