Starting a task is the easy part. Excitement and adrenaline fuel us for a while, and once they wear off, everything depends on our determination and perseverance. These two words mean everything when it comes to success in any endeavor. In those desperate times when giving up seems like the only option, don’t forget that feelings are temporary and regret is FOREVER. Giving up on things is fine as long as they mean absolutely nothing to you. But giving up on yourself is absolutely unacceptable. 

Make no excuses. Regardless of how you feel about getting up before the sun and heading out into the cold, rain, do it ANYWAY. The power of doing what you didn’t think you could, especially when you don’t want to is unparalleled.

Here’s a little inspirational story for your Monday…

Back in 2003 I was given an opportunity to compete in the Kung Fu World Tournament in Sao Paolo Brazil in full contact fighting. I had not planned for this. I had not trained in full contact for months, but my mind was in the right place, and my body was in shape. So, when my student pulled out of her spot because she could not handle the grueling training, I stepped in for her.

My first fight was, well, not pretty. On my end anyway. I literally had a shoe mark for 2 weeks after (a rubber BURN) on my stomach from the side thrusts I simply did not have the technique or skill to get by. This girl was good. She was a black belt that owned kung fu schools all over that area of Brazil.  I was a lowly 3rd degree brown belt who had been training kung fu for 3 years and had about 5 fights under her belt. She probably had 100.

As I sat way up  in the stands after having my ass kicked listening to the chants of a thousand people for Brazil and against the USA, I decided I wasn’t going to fight for 3rd place. What was the point? Who cares if you don’t get first, you’re last, right? One of my team mates came up to me and told me to get ready for my next fight. I told her I didn’t want to do it. She laughed at me and walked away. Which totally pissed me off. (at this point I did not have the emotional control that I have now).

I got up after another 20 minutes or so of moping and pity partying, to look at the brackets posted by the prep area. Sure enough, there was my name. I was set to fight a gal from Argentina that I had watched earlier. She was a Muay Thai fighter. I remembered her; how she held her hands at wide guard, how she charged straight in to the other fighter and mowed them over.

30 minutes later I started prepping. I did my headstand in a somewhat private area, which was my ritual. I put on my music and played sounds that filled my body with adrenaline. Then I took a deep breath and geared up. I remember feeling sorry for the girl I was about to fight. I saw my hand rise in victory. I had already won the fight in myself and there is no way I could be beaten.

20 minutes later my entire world had changed. I walked up and sat in the same spot where I had been having my pity party. The change in my attitude was worlds apart from just over an hour before.

The fight lasted 14 seconds. She charged like she always does, and my most powerful heel kick stuck her, not once, but twice, timed perfectly at her solar plexus. Then I started punching to finish,  with power and speed I had never had come from my body before. The ref stopped the fight.

The girl came up in the bleachers and thanked me for a very valuable lesson. I saw her fight a few years later and her guards were closed, she didn’t charge at her opponent. She gave herself the opportunity to win, and I watched her win with a firm knowledge that my influence on her was a part of it. We are still friends on Facebook. 🙂

Point being is that even when things seem impossible there are places to find power if you WANT TO. All you need to do is WANT badly enough and be WILLING to CHANGE YOUR MIND.

If you start, finish. Don’t give up on yourself. You get one you. You get one life. Do what you can, in spite of what you can’t. Do everything you can to make yourself better and greatness will simply be the result!

To your health, Coach Michelle



Finish with a BANG DIY.

Equipment: Mat, weights, jumprope, sturdy elevated space for box jump/step up, running space.

Part 1: Warm up with dynamic movement for 10 minutes

Part 2: Full Rom Set – Perform 2 rounds

10 Push Press

8 Backwards Walking Lunges

6 Plank Up Downs

4 Long Jumps

2 Get Ups


Run 400M


Part 3: ITS ON! 

10 Thrusters

9 Push Ups

8 Walking Lunge & Curl

7 Box Jumps (Mod 14 alternating Step Up Knee with weights)

6 Sumo Hi Pulls

200M Sprint


Part 4: Core Cardio Blast. Perform 3 Rounds!

20 Slow Bicycles

15 Knees to Elbows

10 Long Arm Crunch

5 Navy Seal Ups

50 Skips on Jumprope

Part 5: Stretch with Bands

Gumsaba Outdoor Fitness Class schedule Tuesday 12/29/15:

5:30AM Sunrise Danville Womens Class – Coach Michelle – TRX Combo

5:30AM Sunrise Danville Mens class – Coach Joel – TRX Combo

6AM Sunup Lafayette Co-Ed class – Coach Jentry – TRX Combo

9AM Sunshine Walnut Creek Womens class – Coach Michelle – TRX Combo

11:00AM Cytosport Advanced Boot Camp – Coach Briana (private class)

12:00PM Cytosport Vinyasa Flow Yoga – Coach Jentry. (private class)