Software developer by day, a vessel of life lessons and first-degree black belt jiu-jitsu instructor by night, Alex Ueda made his first foray into jiu-jitsu after attending UCLA, where he majored in physics. A self-declared "fragile perfect" in his schooling and career, through his training, he found uniquely life-affirming perspectives and powerful mindsets that eluded him through university and a lifetime's participation in team sports. These days he enjoys a deep sense of purpose being the catalyst in others' journeys toward their best selves.
Georgia and Alex discuss:
The meaning behind "Grounded Grit"
Trauma informed Jiu Jitsu
How martial arts hijack your innate survival instinct and put you directly in contact with practices that lead to rooted, authentic, growth
This is a beautiful, deep conversation that I really enjoyed participating in and I know you'll love listening to!
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Thank you so much to Nari for the beautiful song "Shape Me" heard at the beginning and end of this episode. Nari wrote this song about Shape Your Life, a boxing program for self-identified female survivors of violence in Canada. She wrote this song using the words and experiences shared by participants with Cathy Van Ingen. You can find out more about Shape Your Life in my interview with Cathy in Episode 8. You can hear more of Nari's work by going to her Instagram: @narithesaga