Losing weight has been filled with ups and downs - both emotionally and on the scale. However, managing to lose weight and continuing to grow stronger, faster, leaner, and fitter has been an amazing experience. I've discovered many things about myself, and this blog has helped me keep record of those moments. I still have a long way to go, but I'm moving forward with a positive attitude as I attempt to keep Workin' it Out.
Three weeks ago, on a Tuesday, I showed up to Kajukenbo class. We had had a particularly
grueling session on the previous Sunday, and I have to admit, I almost didn’t
go. My body was sore, and I wasn’t sure I could take another class like that,
at least not so soon. Still, I went, because after
all, the only way I can improve is if I show up to class and train.
I was the only one that came to class
that day. That caught me off guard. I was afraid that the class would be
canceled, but it wasn’t. I really appreciated the coach for training with me even though I was the only one there.
If I had thought the Sunday session as
tough, this one was even harder. It was pure one-on-one practice, ending with
sparring like I’ve never sparred before. I left bruised all over my body, but
totally exhilarated because it was quite an
That following Thursday it really took a lot of courage for
me to get ready for class. I was literally beaten, but I knew that if I didn’t
go, the fear would build, and then it really would be difficult for me to go.
Unfortunately that day class was
cancelled. We didn’t have class until the following Tuesday (so 1 week had
passed since my one-on-one training session). That Tuesday, I was the only one
who showed up for class again.
I’ll was so nervous because I knew what was in store. At the same time, I felt
slightly more confident. We had another great training session. I got to take
advantage of the one-on-one time and ask questions about different fighting
techniques. The extra practice was invaluable, and
once again, I was so happy that the coach trained me even though I was the only
Today was the first day of Ray Elbe’s
women’s Brazilian Jiujitsu class (BJJ). I was really, really excited because it
was an opportunity for me to actually meet other
women who were interested in the martial art. Plus joining a course that
involved training with a black belt in BJJ was sure to be an awesome
I was the only one who showed up for the
class. I was slightly disappointed because I really
did want to meet others who shared this interest. Hopefully
this was a one off incident and other girls will show up for future classes.
In the meantime, Ray and I had a great
session – again, I’m so happy he still held class even though I was the only one. Although I’ve been doing BJJ with D at home,
this was a different experience all together. We
practice different Jiujitsu drills; he had me doing agility exercises –
including cartwheels. OMG. When he said do a cartwheel I had to laugh out loud. I had not done a cartwheel since I was a kid! I am totally
amazed that my legs left the ground and I didn’t fall over. I have to admit, it
was fun J
The class wasn’t
easy, but I enjoyed every single second of it. I left
feeling like I had really accomplished something. I
can’t wait to go back there next Sunday – even if I do end up being the only
Being the only one in class has a lot of
advantages – one-on-one attention; more focused, intense training; extra
practice time. However, it also has a few disadvantages.
MMA training for women in a place like
Kuwait is tough to find. As far as I know, there isn’t any proper MMA training
at all. There are just a few classes here and there, which is what I’m trying
to take advantage of. My fear is that although I
don’t mind being the only one showing up, the coaches may think that it’s not
worth their time (or money) holding the class for just one person. I would
totally understand that, but I would really find it devastating. In the meantime, I’m going to keep showing up, and until other women join too,
I’ll be focusing on the advantages of being
the only one.