My Two IBJJF Pan Kids Jiu Jitsu 2017 Champions!

Can’t believe these two have competed at over 50 (seriously, fifty?) tournaments in the past 2 years but this was the BIG one. Third Pan Ams for Jacob (this is his first Pan Am Gold) and first time for Michaela. Kids Pan Ams is the biggest and most prestigious Jiu Jitsu tournament for kids in the world, and even taking the first step in registering shows a huge amount of courage for any competitor (and their parent). The talent and skills get more impressive year after year and it’s crazy that this one has come and gone already. These Golds took about 2-3 years work, and I mention all of the above because even though losses can be a huge blow when your kids have worked so hard, it truly makes them a better competitor in the long run. I’ve taught my kids to never give up, and I hope that after every tournament, they remember I will always say that hard work will eventually pay off. Thank you @CobrinhaCharles for always reminding us this as well! Now it’s back to the lab for the next one because there will always be harder matches and opponents waiting!

Posted in Jiu Jitsu, Kids

Two Things We Need to Stop Saying

2 phrases that drive me bonkers: “Just Google it” and “Just pray about it” and crickets after that. Both are very good pieces of advice (for most situations), but sometimes, people will reach out to ask for more advice than a search engine can offer and unfortunately, some people don’t know HOW to pray in certain situations. Are we so numb to building community that we have to resort to these phrases when people are trying to ask for help? People that know me well know I’m an information nerd, and I’ll research some things until my eyes can’t take it anymore but I also like listening to the wisdom of others. Sometimes you can’t rely on Google due to outdated information or some dude (or gal) making a random website and posting wacky info. So food for thought: Have a little grace and patience when someone asks a question, and possibly be honored if someone tries to come directly to you for advice. If you ever need to chat about something, I’m always willing to lend an open ear. I may not reply as quickly as I can, but I like to help when I’m able. My hope is that others can do the same. Have a great Saturday!

Posted in About Me, In Christ

Disney On Ice Worlds of Enchantment Show Review

We were thankful for such amazing seats yesterday for the Disney On Ice’s Worlds of Enchantment show! I had a girls date with my daughters and mom and we were so happy to see Mickey and Friends, the whole Toy Story gang, Ariel and of course, Elsa and Anna. I joke with my friends that I’m not too sure who gets more excited for any type of Disney show, me or my kids. I am always pretty excited to share my love for Disney with my kids and I get to live my childhood all over again! The show was just as great as expected, but I would warn parents that if their kids have seen the Frozen show last year, to prepare them that the Frozen portion of Worlds of Enchantment is a bit shorter. My eldest daughter was mentioning that they didn’t finish the show and I had to explain to her why. I hope you have time to catch one of the showtimes this weekend! Be sure to check out my other post to find out how to purchase tickets: Disney On Ice’s Worlds of Enchantment

Posted in About Me

Disney on Ice’s Worlds of Enchantment

Hi Friends! Disney On Ice is back in town and I’m looking forward to watching Worlds of Enchantment with my little ladies, and you can too! I’m giving away a Family 4-Pack of Tickets (valid for Friday evening showing), and all you have to do is tag a friend on my StrongholdMom Facebook Page below in the comments. You can have up to 5 entries per person (each tagged friend counts as 1 entry). Winner will be picked randomly on Wednesday evening at 9PM! We’re making this giveaway short and sweet, so tag away and hope to see you there this weekend at Valley View Casino for Disney on Ice’s Worlds of Enchantment! More information to purchase tickets below:

From Wheels to Waves & Icy Wonderlands to Infinity and Beyond!
Coming To San Diego, January 26-29

**By Popular Demand, Featuring Magical Moments From
#1 Animated Movie of all Time, Frozen**
[San Diego, Calif.] – Rev up for non-stop family fun with four of your favorite Disney stories when Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment comes to San Diego! This action-packed ice spectacular showcases beloved characters from Disney•Pixar’s Cars, Toy Story 3, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, plus the enchanting Academy Award®-winning Frozen. Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment is performing from January 26-29 at the Valley View Casino Center.

Thrill to high-speed stunts and high-octane fun, as Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney•Pixar’s Cars race across the ice. Dive into adventure with Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid, as she explores her undersea kingdom. The toys are back in town with heroic action when Buzz, Woody, Jessie and the Disney•Pixar Toy Story gang escape Sunnyside Daycare in a daring adventure to get back to Andy’s room. Plus, enter the wintery world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa and pals Olaf and Kristoff from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love comes from within.

Plus, get warmed up for the show right in your seats with exclusive dance moves taught by the mouse that started it all during Mickey’s Dance-Along Pre-Show Party, as the Disney On Ice skating athletes remind everyone that getting active can help you be your best! Then you’ll be ready to enter a dazzling world of Disney magic to see some of your family’s favorite Disney moments come to life in Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment, with dazzling skating, special effects and timeless characters certain to create a lifetime of memories.

WHEN: January 26 – 29, 2017
Thursday, January 26 – 7:00 PM
Friday, January 27 – 7:00 PM
Saturday, January 28 – 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, January 29 – 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

WHERE: Valley View Casino Center – 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego, CA 92110

TICKETS: Tickets start at just $15!

All seats are reserved; tickets are available for purchase online at, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or visit the Valley View Casino Center Box Office.
*tickets prices are subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply.

To discover more about Disney On Ice, visit
or follow us on these social media platforms:
Twitter: @DisneyOnIce #WorldsOfEnchantment
Instagram: @DisneyOnIce

Posted in Disney, Kids, San Diego Fun

Prettiest Blue Sky I’ve Ever Seen

#waybackwednesday 2011: a year spent in a lot of confusion. I got a lot of different counsel from people and for awhile couldn’t figure out who I should listen to. I thank God for leading me to heed advice from the right people, because if I didn’t, this mural would probably have been gone by now. Prettiest #bluesky I’ve ever seen.

Posted in Jiu Jitsu, The Stronghold
About StrongholdMom

Raquel Cusi is a wife, mother of 4, and owns The Stronghold CrossFit & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with her husband, Mike, and brother Ray. She loves to blog about Marriage, Parenting, Health, Fitness, Christian living and her love for Disney. She's also an aspiring crunchy mom who loves organic and natural products, breastfeeding and babywearing.