A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tour of Texas

Ever since I got back from Brazil last year, all I have talked about is going back. I never thought I could form such a strong connection to a place I only visited once. But I find myself haunted with recurring dreams of returning. I've been yearning to stroll along the pristine beaches, hang out with my friends again, enjoy the Brazilian lifestyle and of course train at one of the best academies in Rio--Gracie Tijuca. However, as I am constantly learning, things don't always go as planned, I realized I will probably have to put my dream of returning on hold for another year when I have more time. Things are hectic lately and between my business, school and all of my many projects it's hard to get away for long periods of time. To me, Brazil is not one of those places that you can just go visit for a few weeks. It's got to be at least a month to really soak in the Brazilian experience. So I guess I'll just have to keep dreaming about returning to Brazil for a while longer.

Then I began to think...What else can I do? Where can I go? Who can I see? And it hit me. I'll be honest, it isn't exactly my ideal vacation, but an adventure none-the-less. In efforts to appease my need to "escape" Austin and desire to shake things up, I've decided to embark on a "Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tour of Texas" and document my adventures as I travel throughout the Texas triangle of Jiu-Jitsu.

My adventures began today in San Antonio at the Roberta Bernini seminar at Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. It was a great seminar and she showed close to nine transitions to various different positions and submissions.   I think she showed transitions to and from every position possible.  She also showed a very advanced choke that I look forward to sharing when I get back home.  Even though Roberta doesn't speak any english, the point definitely got across that she's a talented black belt with a big bag of tricks!   It reminded me of being in Brazil were all the classes were taught in Brazilian Portuguese.  She will be in the San Antonio area for the next few weeks training at Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.  If you are in the area I strongly recommend you check her out.   

While I am in San Antonio for the next few days I look forward to training with my friends and badasses Lana Hunter of Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Tara Talanco of Rodrigo Pinheiro Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Tomorrow Lana has set up an open mat for everyone at 2 pm @ Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.  Come and train if you are free! Then up to Dallas on Thrusday to train with the many talented women in the area and finally to Houston where I will end my journey at the Girls in Gis event on August 21st.

One of the most valuable lessons I learned last year traveling in South America is that sometimes not having a plan is the best plan. Not having a locked in itinerary kept things open for me to explore and allowed me to have different experiences that weren't mapped out. So I am not over planning this trip as I usually tend to do. Of course, I have a laundry list of people I want to see, train with and places I want to check out. But I don't really know what is in store for me. I can only hope that the experiences I have and the people I share them with will lead me to a new understanding and appreciation for Jiu-Jitsu, allow me to meet new friends and gain a new perspective of my life, let the adventure begin....


  1. Nicole MersiovskyAugust 7, 2011 at 5:41 AM

    Great blog start Shama, I wish you many awesome adventures in all you do!

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