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How Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Changed Motherhood: Not a Little Escape But Of Finding Self

It’s been a while since I posted a blog post and I thought I should connect with you and share a story of resiliency for a woman who has inspired me in the world of Martial Arts.

Martial Arts has actually been part of me back in the days. I did Tae-kwon-do and I can remember how I found fulfillment, commitment, and confidence within myself. It has taught me how to take chances, push myself and embrace a solid mindset about the different possibilities in life.

This Mother’s Day, let’s celebrate Moms and share how strong and resilient we can be. It is by definition that: “A Mom is a person who loves unconditionally, the maker and keeper of precious memories, a person much loved and greatly admired.”

In today’s MomStar of the Month, I’d like to share with you an inspirational story of a woman who believed she could and so she did. Our story will also be shared in our MamaBuzz and Beyond Series soon but here is a glimpse of LadyGi in Action.

MomStar of the Month shares inspirational stories of women, no matter what background, ethnicity, or race; has a great career or not, is a first-time mom or not, it doesn’t matter. 

Any Mom is a star in her own ways and with these stories, we share the journey of moms who aim to inspire others and transform lives with a purpose.

We highlight different women in our society, with their spirit to motivate others. A unique opportunity for all of us to hear and understand how these Moms learned how to flourish and balance their lives in today’s overwhelming world.

1. Tell us about yourself. 

I am a mama of two. I am originally from Winnipeg Manitoba and have been living in Alberta since 2008. 

2.  Why Affinity Academy? 

Affinity Academy was my husband’s dream that I helped make into a reality. It was a lot of work, but we persevered and decided it was the right time to open a business on something we are both passionate about. 

Affinity Academy strives to create a safe, positive, and nurturing atmosphere where students, no matter what their age, gender, or physical capabilities may be, will increase not only their ability to defend themselves, but also their mental focus, levels of self-confidence & self-discipline, and overall fitness (body, mind, and spirit). 


3.  What brought you into teaching Ju-jitsu? Tell us about your journey.

Jiu-Jitsu was not something that I grew up knowing about. My husband Andell introduced it to me and encouraged me to teach other people in order to learn more about my strengths.  I started BJJ in 2013 after a very dramatic birthing experience four months prior. I used BJJ as my little escape from motherhood, and I say this without any guilt. It was what I needed to feel like myself again, although I quickly learned about a different side of me that I did not know I possessed. 

4.  What are some of the challenges that you typically face with a business model that is male-dominated and unique for women?

For the most part, my experience has been positive. There were times that I can recall where a male preferred speaking to another male in charge rather than having me answer their questions. These instances are not very common, although they are hurtful when they do occur. Most people are a bit in awe when they learn that I have been training for quite some time and outrank them. It’s always funny to see their reaction, however, it can be a bit tiresome. I hope that diversity in the BJJ community in Calgary can be normalized. 


 5.  What specific strategies do you use to balance your schedule as a mom, a coach, and a business owner?

There are no strategies and there is no balance! I have learned through experience that no matter how hard you try, you will never achieve the right amount of balance. My husband and I co-parent, and that makes it a hell of a lot easier. A lot of women are faced with the burden of doing it all alone, however, one of the biggest lessons we learned from owning and running a business together is teamwork. 


 6. Leave us a message to all Moms who are searching for inspiration or simply those who struggle in finding their passion and balancing it with motherhood.

To all the mama’s out there who are bombarded with diapers, 20, 000 snacks, and are holed up in the bathroom trying to eat a chocolate bar, I feel you. I. FEEL.YOU.  I’ve been there and it’s exhausting!

Find a day and time for yourself (our Women’s BJJ class is at 6:30 2x/week which is the PERFECT time to throw the kids at your partner and skip off to BJJ to choke another person out) that you will commit to.

I understand that not everyone has the luxury of doing so, so as an alternative, always ask for help and reach out for support if it’s not feasible. 

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Mitchelle is a first-time mom and the buzzy Mama of a sweet little man. She's here to connect with other moms, parents or soon to be parents by buzzing positively with Mom & Baby Activities filled with Self-Care Ideas, Family Fun, and Inspiration to help you balance Mom Life and Wellness. Welcome to the Hive-where Mom Life keeps buzzing!

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