MARCH 2014


    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Jiu Jitsu, Jiu Jitsu: Women as Strong as Men?


    Jiu Jitsu is one of the best things that I have done. For my body…yes, but also for my mind.

    Being a woman of 5’8 and weighing anywhere between 128-135 pounds on any given day, I have had preconceived ideas: Men are stronger, faster, and if I ever had to fight one, I would lose…miserably. I mean I grew up with two brothers that rocked everything. The End.

    My Jiu Jitsu coach, Kimo, continued to tell us from the very beginning that Jiu Jitsu is a great sport because it creates equality between bodies. Continue reading


    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Uncategorized

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    I have been lucky to have a business that I absolutely enjoy. There is nothing better than seeing people reach their goals, feel better, move better, and in the end look better. I literally walk away from every training with a client and thank my lucky stars that I am able to do what I do.

    As my blog, youtube videos, and community of Tessa Van Wade Fitness has gotten bigger I have had to open myself up to a new way of training and I’ve been shocked at how well it has worked. So many of you ask if I do on-line training which is why I decided to write a post strictly about my on-line training.

    I only take a certain amount of clients on-line, but please don’t let that stop you, as sometimes I have someone drop out and a spot will open up.

    If you would like to train with me on-line, this is what it would look like: Continue reading


    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Tattoos


    I lived more than half of my life riddled with so much fear.

    But the main fear was of people and what they thought of me. It attacked me so much that I was crippled by it. It effected the way I thought, the way I acted, what I said, what I did, and what I wore. It was like a straight jacket that I put on everyday convincing me that I was constantly being judged AND that their judgements mattered.

    Yuck…To have to be “ON” all the time was exhausting.

    Then something happened. Continue reading