03 October 2010

Kind of a stinky Week

So this past week I have definitely been a little under the weather…. Strep Throat will do that to you. I’m finally almost totally recovered though, YAY! Unfortunately I was bad enough I only was able to go to jiu jitsu once this week, and after techniques I was so wiped sparring and specific training weren’t an option.

I’m also working on a few blogs but unfortunately while waiting for other people to come through I’ve been left with a few mostly finished posts, so I am going to do a few things with this one. #1 I am going to talk about the newest addition to the BJJ family,  #2 I am going to post some pictures that i forgot about from the UFC and #3 I am going to put video up of a technique that I like, and want to learn more of.

Say a big olá to Olivia Marie Riviera! She is the newest addition to the BJJ family! She' has one tough Momma in Brown Belt Vanessa Smith. Anyway I wanted to wish well to Momma and baby. I can’t wait to see them both around they gym!! Vanessa and baby Olivia actually inspired one of my earlier posts, which you can check out here.

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Ok so I found a few more pictures from the UFC weekend, and I’m still trying to get a hold of the last few… Dumb camera of mine kept messing up. Thankfully I have people who took pictures, it’s just trying to find them… Anyway here is Mr. 10th Planet, Eddie Bravo and I. And then Herb Dean and I. Crazy week way to many pictures, I need to find the rest!!

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The final thing today is a highlight technique that I definitely want to learn more of. I was shown this video a few months ago and I keep watching it because it’s something completely unique. Roberto ‘Cyborg’ Abreu has made it famous. If you don’t know who Cyborg is, he is a black belt, who competes at Super Heavyweight, but his tornado guard, is something that has really made me want to try it.. I have a friend who trains down in Miami with Professor Abreu, and I actually hope to visit him and train with the team, this video kind of pushes me to go sooner rather than later..

Anyway check out this intro to tornado guard. I will be trying to do these during open mat until I can get them right!


To all of my friends who competed at No gi Pan Ams great job!!! I believe a few of you medaled if you send me your names I will definitely do a big shout out!! Keep working hard and training hard!


  1. Hi Navita,

    I am a huge fan of your blog! I think its great that more of us females are really trying to promote the sports. I'm still a white belt but I hope to have half the impact you're having! You should do an athlete spotlight on Hillary Williams. I'd love to read what she has to say since shes been such a pioneer on women's BJJ here in America and she's probably the most skillful fighter I've ever seen. I think it would be a great interview for you.


    Jen from CO

  2. Hey Jen,

    Thank you so much for the feedback! I am working on a few athletes' spotlights at the moment, I'm trying to find a good female to do as well.. The main thing though with my spotlights are to expose athletes who are doing big things, trying to get to that next level. Hillary has already gotten there... And honestly she's been interviewed so many times, I don't think I could figure out any new questions to ask!

    But that's awesome that you have started bjj!!! I really hope you like it and please if you have ANY questions feel free to comment, or even email me! I love that there are more females doing bjj!