Last week Rener and I visited F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, WY to teach and certify 100 instructors in Gracie Defense Systems. GDS is the Gracie self-defense program that was created to empower Airmen and help reduce sexual assault in the military. What makes GDS unique is that it is tailored specifically to the military, and covers not only the physical techniques, but the psychology necessary to defeat and deter sexual assault scenarios most commonly carried out within the Air Force.
I made it to my first UFC event to support Ronda in her fight against Olympic Silver medalist Sara McMann with Rener in her corner. I had a GREAT time!
With so much controversy surrounding the “early stoppage” in Ronda Rousey’s first-round win over Sara McMann, Rener and I decided to take some time out of our busy week at F.E. Warren Air Force base in Wyoming to share some thoughts. Check out the video and be sure to leave a comment with your opinion on the stoppage to enter to win the next Gracie Giveaway, any Gracie Instructional DVD collection of your choice!
When I heard about the #RespectTheClassics contest that my friends over at Made Woman Magazine are running in collaboration with Universal Music Enterprises, I just had to it share with you! What a ground-breaking movement. Music is something that unites the world; I know I can’t go a day without listening to music and there are those classic albums that never get old, ones that only get better with time. Albums like 2Pac’s “Greatest Hits”, Eminem’s “The Slim Shady LP”, Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black”, India Arie’s “Acoustic Soul”… I could go on and on!
Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!!
I hope that all of you have a day that’s filled with love and where you’re made to feel super special.
To me, Valentine’s Day is a day for love- any kind of love. Be that the love between Husband and Wife, Mother/ Father and Child, between best friends, siblings, or neighbors.. it’s a day for your loved one’s, period!
In a world filled with tweets, texts, and Facebook messages, sometimes there’s nothing better than a hand written card, or a voice on the other end of the phone. Let’s all take a moment today to put pen to paper, or pick up the phone and tell those special people in our lives that we appreciate, love and respect them.
Have a wonderful day! <3
On our way from Connecticut to JFK airport, Rener and I stopped by Ariel Helwani’s MMA Hour. Here’s a link to the video where we discuss everything from WWE, to how we met, to my girl crushes, to how jiu-Jitsu saved our relationship, and more!
In this video, I am joined by my future cousin-in-law Angela Gracie as I (nervously) make one of Rener’s favorite Gracie Diet meals! I am by NO means an expert in the kitchen, and I have always had a hard time finding Gracie Diet approved recipes that I can make easily for Rener and I. You can imagine how excited I was when Angela told me she was creating a recipe book full of Gracie Diet approved, Gracie Family favorites!
For Christmas this year, Rener finally agreed that we could get a puppy! And, yes. His name is pronounced “Chokey” in Portuguese. And because we’re friends, I’ll be honest with you and tell you that it is what you think it is. Rener (and I) like to to choke people. So we named him … Tioki! He is the sweetest puppy ever, and we are so in love!
Tioki is a mini Australian Shepherd, with bright blue eyes! I love the breed, because I had an Aussie named Dundee growing up. Tioki is such a fast learner, but he still likes to bite, and pee in the house! Training him is no joke! It certainly takes a lot of work to raise a puppy right.
Since, like most dog owners, I am obsessed with him and want to take pictures of him all day. So we decided (and we asked Tioki if he wanted to) create an Instagram and a twiiter account for Tioki!
Watch him grow up with us! Here are few awesome Tioki shots:
Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. visualized a nation where freedom and justice for all reigned supreme. Through his teachings and speeches Dr Martin Luther King Jr sought to inspire all citizens to embrace the principles of nonviolence and equality for all. We should all continue to hold true to his vision, and while we have come along way, we are far from a nation of justice for all!!
Let’s all take the time today to watch King’s “I Have a Dream”. Even though this speech is from 1963, there are so many lessons that we can still take from his words… and I encourage you all to share this with your friends and family!