From a Mother’s Heart
The day I realized Jordan really was going to wrestle and do Judo, I almost couldn’t think straight. Where is the little girl who wore bows in her hair that matched her dress? She could keep up with the boys and was often wrestling with her brother and going to his meets, but in my mind I still picture her in a dress holding a doll or her favorite bear. Now she wants to throw people?
I’m so glad I didn’t stop her. One thing I’ve learned: This girl can’t be stopped.
London is literally right around the corner and I’m definitely feeling it! Some exciting things are going on around here!
This coming Monday, August 13, is the release day of the trailer for the documentary I’m in! It’s about judo, the blind judo foundation, and… it features ME! I CAN’T wait to see it! I’m VERY excited about it, if you can’t tell :) So y’all keep your eyes peeled for that!
I’ve been doing A LOT of strength and conditioning training outside of the dojo lately, which has been great for me. But I needed to take a couple of days and dedicate them just to Judo, so I hopped on a plane and ended up in California for some excellent judo training. This is going to be good for me, I’m getting back to my aggressive-judo-fighting self and it’s all coming together – just in time for the big show!!!
Being an Olympian means sacrifice. The sacrifice of time, money, a social life, a life of training and dieting (sigh).
Being a Paralympian means sacrifice on top of the sacrifice of disability.
Most of all, being a Paralympian isn’t about what you can’t do, but what you Can do.
It is being an overcomer. And winning in the process.
From a Mother’s Heart
I’ll never forget the day my baby girl came to me and said “Mom, I don’t think I can play soccer anymore.” It was heartbreaking because she was so good at it and loved the sport so much! I knew right then that I HAD to find another sport for her, It took awhile, but when she discovered Judo, well, you see what happened!
The countdown had begun! It is less than 30 days out until I fight! I will be involved in the most rigorous training yet! Please consider donating to help me get the best possible training. Without a support team, TeamJordan2012 will just be a dream. Support through encouragement, prayer, and donations is what I need to make my dream a reality!
Breaking News: Kayla Harrison just won the very 1st gold medal in Judo for the USA in the Olympic Games!!!
This is unreal, can’t imagine how she feels right now. I want that feeling!
Kayla’s dream is now her reality. In less than 30 days… mine will be too!
Wow! It’s been quite a while since I’ve written on here. Sorry for leaving everyone hanging on that last post. I’ve been so busy lately I’ve barely had time to sleep.
Well to start this off, today is my 23rd birthday and I am having a hard time believing that I am already 23 years old! This journey of mine started at the ripe old age of 16 and here I am 7 years later still trying to make my dreams come true. It’s a little crazy for me to think about.
So what have I been doing you ask?
I just got back to Texas from California a couple of days ago where I was training at Cahill’s Judo Academy; but not only was I training, I was also being filmed. I have to say, I am one of the luckiest girls out here, for all the opportunities that are presented to me. I was contacted a little while ago and was asked to be a part of a documentary that was going to be filmed at Cahill’s Judo Academy about Judo, Blind Judo specifically and The Blind Judo Foundation.
At the same time that I was out in California training, a documentary was being filmed, and I was the primary blind athlete being filmed and interviewed.
The documentary is being done by Take Part Media and the Bandito Brothers. They made it an incredible and amazing experience for me, I don’t think I’ll ever have something quite like that happen to me again. I feel honored that I was asked to be a part of the documentary and just blessed that I had so many people behind me and helping me through all of this.
I HAVE to give a special thanks to Coach Cahill, Ron Peck, The Blind Judo foundation, Take Part Media, Bandito Brothers, my family and EVERYONE from Cahill’s for making everything so amazing and just for doing what you do and being who you are. I was constantly surrounded by wonderful, generous, loving people the entire time.
I am truly blessed with the backing that I have
I wish I could say more, but I can’t! I guess you’ll just have to wait and see everything when the documentary releases!
But other than that, training is going well, and I’m feeling pretty good all around for the most part. London is 34 days out and while that’s terrifying to me, it’s unbelievably exciting at the same time.
Once again I want to say thank you to everyone who has helped me in any and every way possible. My goals wouldn’t be able to be met if I didn’t have people like yall helping and supporting me
Just found out some great and exciting news! The only catch is that it’s a secret right now. I know, that’s not very nice of me to do, but everyone needs a little suspense in their life every now and then. BUT, I will definitely post about it as soon as I’m allowed!