Monthly Archives: August 2013

Reliving My Past – a Tale in Pictures

On Sunday my mom and I took my baby brother to COLLEGE! Out of my 3 brothers, he’s the one who chose to go to my wonderful alma mater 🙂 He’ll be studying chemistry/physics and playing soccer for JCU. And I’m so incredibly proud of him! 

While we were there, I got to take a trip down memory lane! I had what were truly the best 4 years of my life at John Carroll. I made amazing friends, I had the best professors, I learned a lot, I grew a lot, and I had a ton of fun. 

So enjoy my walk down memory lane with me! 

GO BLUE STREAKS!
JCU!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤
DOLAN!!! This is by far my favorite building on campus. Collectively over the 4 years at JCU I spent the most time here either in the chemistry club president’s office (aka me), the research lab, the chemistry labs as a Teaching Assistant, the classrooms to study, or the professors offices (especially during analytical chem). A magical place of learning 🙂
The view from just outside Dolan Science Center of the second quad and original classroom building (this is my geeky tour guide side coming out of me. YES! I was in fact a tour guide at JCU. And I’m fairly sure I sold the school to so many people purely because my love for Carroll oozed out from every fiber of my being)!

Pacelli Hall – My first home away from home as a freshman!
Bernet Hall – My junior/senior home away from home. Lots of really wonderful memories were made here – from prank wars to watching all 10 seasons of FRIENDS in 9 months to lots of late night chats with truly great roommates. 
View from one side of the main quad. I loved the banner “transforming lives”. I know it definitely changed mine. 
For anyone who knew me, an argument could be made that I spent more time in this room freshman and sophomore (and well into junior and senior years) than just about anywhere on campus. Lots of life lessons were learned here.
Hands down the BEST frozen custard ever. And this beats all forms of ice cream/fro yo. 
The most delicious subs ever! Conveniently located across from campus. Our “treat” during finals week every year (along with the Ben & Jerrys that was located even more conveniently next door).

CLEVELAND!!!!!!!!!! GO BROWNS, CAVS, INDIANS!
And my weekend ended at home with a really beautiful day off to study for my quiz on my psychiatry rotation! 

Saturday at RJJA Toledo

Packed house at RJJA Toledo today! Really great day of training through the kids/teens/adults classes. AND I even got to teach a little bit today which was fun!! Taught a basic mount escape to closed guard then the hip bump sweep from closed guard to mount. What I realized most was that the little things you do when you’re performing a move are the hardest to teach. Especially things like the timing or the little details of where your hands need to be, when your guard needs to be open, etc. Teaching is much harder than it looks, let me tell you. Luckily the kids/teens at our academy are great about paying attention and learning. Then adult class was a review of the KOB moves from this week and finished with an hour of open mat training. Lots of people came today from other Ribeiro schools in Michigan Canada, and Ohio and everyone had a lot of fun and a really great day of training! I love when a whole bunch of our Ribeiro family gets together to help each other improve. It’s always a great time. 

Here’s what I learned today about gi versus no gi training (since the kids/teens class is no gi). It in THEORY shouldn’t matter if you only train in the gi, you should still be good at no gi

if you’re good at holding positions and transitions. I, however, learned my game is based entirely off grips (for example, right now my favorite guard is spider) and this whole no gi thing is really tough for me to transition to. I’m working on teaching my brain to think of a wrist as a sleeve, the neck as the lapel, and the ankle as the pant leg. I’m also working different kinds of guards like x-guard in no gi which I’m then transitioning to more in my gi game. So I think it’s really interesting. But honestly, sometimes when we train no gi open mat at the end of class, I end up flailing around hopelessly. It definitely switched things up in my brain and has caused me to think differently, which is always a good thing but boy… I am not good at it!


I’m back to training at least 3 days a week again during my psychiatry rotation, which is wonderful! (Although, this psychiatry rotation is….interesting…. ) So I’m going to keep training for what will *hopefully* be the next tournament in September. (Actually, it would be the tournament that was my first ever tournament last year!

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In the meantime…. If you all could click HERE  to support a RJJA Black Belt Jeremy Harris in a guitar contest. Clicks on the link count as votes and he could win a trip to LA to learn from Synyster Gates. Support BJJ players with awesome outside interests!

THANK YOU!
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Have a great rest of your weekend everyone 🙂