APPRECIATE MAT TIME NOW MORE THAN EVER: Every day I take to the mats I feel exponentially blessed and fortunate to still be training after all these years, to remain healthy enough to do what I love alongside so many high-energy, super-talented and good-hearted people like @tammimusumeci (seen here photobombing my moment with a sneak-attack chokehold that I deftly escaped moments later). For those who don’t know, Tammi holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, is a multiple-times world champion, and crushed the LSAT college entrance test before earning straight A’s in college. The native New Jerseyian is now a first-year law student at UNLV.
I’ve trained with a number of the biggest names in womens’ BJJ and I admire Tammi’s courage to lay it on the line in tournaments and test herself against the world’s best. She holds victories over some of the top competitors and her physical strength and superb skill set are on another level.
DON’T LET THE GLASSES FOOL YOU: Even as a 1 L and a mere 127 pounds or so, I regularly see Tammi train with guys 50 or 100 pounds heavier than her and THEY’RE NOT TAKING IT VERY EASY ON HER AT ALL! Because if you take it too easy on Tammi SHE’S PROBABLY GOING TO TAP YOU! Unless your name is Mikey Musumeci or Rene Lopez.
Definitely one of the faces of the Golden Age of Girl Power that is upon us.
Again, I’m very fortunate to have a great group of positive, high-energy and cerebral training partners and Tammi is one of the faces I see most. A very down-to-earth, approachable person whose humility belies an illustrious and extraordinary record of achievements.
Tammi, thank you for choking me and for helping raise the bar on women’s Jiu Jitsu. You’re a true champ and an inspiration to a lot of grapplers around the world, male and female!
But one minor technical peeve, champ: Next time you photobomb me, make sure the elbow of your primary choke arm is perfectly aligned with my chin rather than far off center!!! @underarmour #bjj #jiujitsu #worldchamp #girlpower #fightlikeagirl @unlv #unlvlaw #straightAstudent #newjersey #bjjblackbelt #faixapreta #organiclife #organicathlete #organic #gratitude #motivation