Category Archives: Philosophy

The Fine Line Between Self-Confidence and Arrogance

Just wanted to share an old illustration that I made a couple of years ago: For some reason one day I was thinking about the hare and the tortoise story and it suddenly hit me what the moral of the … Continue reading

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Self-Doubt and Fear

Every time I step on the mats, I feel this little wave of fear and self-doubt. Even after 4-5 years of training Jiu Jitsu, I still feel it. It doesn’t matter if its to compete or just to train. The questions … Continue reading

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It’s Okay, I’ll Just Arm Bar Them

Last year I decided to attend a Sketchcrawl with the Urban Sketchers Melbourne group. As soon as I decided to go, I started feeling very nervous. I’m quite an introverted, shy person and I often find new social situations a bit daunting … Continue reading

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What I Learn From My Sifu

I’ve been training Kung Fu for about 10 years now under my instructor, Sifu Julian de Boers and his partner Simo Sophie Archibald. Both of them along with their kids as well as a few of the students who have … Continue reading

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Cutting Weight And A Slightly Emo Post

Last night I registered to compete in the 2013 IBJJF Melbourne International Open. I’ll be competing in the Adult Novice Light Feather Weight Division. To be honest, I’m going to feel like I’ve got the gold medal as soon as … Continue reading

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Learning to Control My Brain and Body Ninja Turtles Style

Lately, I’ve been feeling like I’ve fallen into a rut with my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I see all my fellow students improving far faster than I do and pulling out all their techniques so well when rolling while I don’t … Continue reading

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My Martial Arts Philosophy

There is nothing noble about being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self. – Ernest Hemingway – I used to be the kind of girl that made lots of excuses. “Oh, of course … Continue reading

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