During the coldest winter weekend so far in Ottawa, I competed in my first blue belt competition and had a great experience all round.
The first tournament after holidays is always tough for me when it comes to making weight, training hard, and gearing up. I was pretty nervous about doing the blue belt divison too, knowing some competitors could have 3+ years of experience more than me and likely having competed before. Also knowing there were alot of guaranteed matches (6 of them) I was worried about fitness and being able to do 2 more than I’ve ever done in a day.
All that being said, once I was there, things went great and I was excited to fight and also watch my awesome teammates compete. Going with a team of competitors and coaches has always helped me do my best. The support I feel from them and those at the dojo is truly like having a second family. I ended up coming home with 3 gold medals and 1 silver, winning 8 of 9 matches, and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Our coaches are amazing, Renshi Chris Davison and Coach Delphie Dugal-Tessier, from start to finish they are there for us and believe in us. There’s alot of work and fun to be done on the mats now that comp season has begun. I’m looking forward to a great year of hard training and exciting competitions, all with my bjj family.
Happy New Year!
Well 2015 has been a very exciting year for us, having some amazing seminars with Professor Rigan Machado and Master Carlos and to the birth of our beautiful daughter Keely, to my friend Jen being promoted to the rank of Blue Belt and to finally submitting my PhD Thesis.
It has been for sure a challenging but very fulfilling year. I had to put my serious training and competing on hold for the last 9+ months. But fortunately I was still able to teach for the better part of my pregnancy. Things don’t always go as planed, I had to postpone my grappling comeback; I have to give time for my body to heal from my caesarian birth. I will slowly make my way back to the hardcore training I used to do and hopefully start competing as soon as I can.
Just before Christmas, I was able to put my gi on and start the warm up for the last grappling class of the year! (small steps); it felt fantastic being back on the mats with all these wonderful people. The bonus, I able to be there when Jen was promoted to her Blue Belt. Which was a true honour. Watch out blue belts competitors; we got a new player in town.
Keely got to watch the whole presentation wearing her own mini grappling gi, little dojo munchkin.
I will be back to my teaching schedule very soon, but don’t miss the first women’s grappling class of the year, I will definitely be teaching in Barrhaven this coming Saturday January 9 2016. I have missed all the ladies and looking forward to see you all.
To an AMAZING and exciting 2016!!!!!!
This past August, one of our senior students organized a women self-defense workshop for women and girls in the Nepean community. This workshop was hosted by K2 Martial Arts and ran by coach Delphie. 100% of the proceeds were donated to the Interval House of Ottawa. This is a house focused on women and children wanting to leave an abusive relationship.
For support, advice or a safe place to live, they also offer a 24h crisis hotline (613.234.5181). For more information, vist their website http://intervalhouseottawa.org.
We also share their motto: Everyone has the right to live without fear.
Keep your eyes and ears open; this was only one of many community events for women only that we will be holding. Stay tuned for more dates and events in the coming months for community workshops and speaking events.
If you are interested in hosting a Women’s Self Defence workshop or have one of our instructors do a presentation please contact us at 613.843.7878 613.725.5577
My third trimester has been challenging, I feel great except for this annoying constant back pain. I guess it is to be expected when you carry an extra 30 lb localized in the belly. I had to decrease my teaching schedule, however, I am very happy that I can still teach the women‘s BJJ class every Saturday morning in Barrhaven. At 37 weeks, I am planning on staying as long as I can on the mats. I am very excited for the journey ahead and getting back to my hard core training schedule
Still on the mats teaching the Women’s Only BJJ Class every Saturday at the Barrhaven Academy
What’s more fun then bridging? ……… Bridging with a high five of course. This new tradition has been created during the Saturday morning women’s only BJJ class at K2 Martial Arts in Barrhaven. Side effects include early morning fun, giggling and a killer ab workout (try bridging and giggling all at the same time, your abs will be on fire).
My second trimester and still going strong
I am more then half way done my second trimester. Things are actually going super well. I have started kickboxing again and I feel fantastic. I have to be careful with my roundhouse kicks but besides that everything is good to go, hitting the pads it’s very refreshing. Things have been changing a lot lately and everything is growing and stretching. Every week I have to retire a gi ;), it’s a good thing I have many gis of many sizes.
The biggest challenge on the mats is actually how many times I need to pee ;).
The good news is I still feel awesome being on the mats and teaching.
Obviously I have changed my grappling training, I don’t do hardcore sparring anymore but I still do light sparring and drilling with partners I trust (I am looking at you Jen, thanks for still drilling and sparring with me). I still teach at least 3 times a week and I am so grateful to have such great group of students, that respect me for who I am and are not bothered by me bring pregnant :).
Unfortunately I hear frustrating stories of women being asked every 2 min if they were okay or asked them why they were still training, being pregnant doesn’t make us less of a grappler or athlete, we just have to approach things differently and there is still so much we can learn.
Pregnant or not, I will never give that up and I will be on the mats as long as I physically can 😉
This Thursday June 18th at 8:15, coach Delphie will be conducting a special Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Shin Guard Workshop. Coach Delphie used this type of guard to win the Purple Belt Master World Championships this past November.
Don’t miss out.
Delicious Oat waffles for the competitors diet
I love my Sunday morning breakfast, however, traditional waffles is not part of my competitor diet. Here is a delicious alternative receipt to make healthy waffles. They taste even better then the traditional ones.
2 cups of blended organic oat’s
1 tbsp baking powder
1 Tbsp of flax seeds
1 scoop of unflavored protein powder
1 cup of almond or 2% milk
2 Tbsp of real maple syrup or 1 tsp of real vanilla extract
2 Tbsp of coconut oil
Mix all dry ingredients in one bowl and then mix all wet ingredients in another bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well. Add ½ cup of waffle mixture to waffle maker. Make 3-4 waffles.
Can also add blueberries or dark chocolate chips to the waffle mixture. Fruits and maple syrup make the perfect topping for this delicious breakfast.
There will be no competition for me this year, apparently it is frowned upon to compete pregnant ;).
I just started my second trimester and boy I am happy to be out of the first one. You hear about being tired during your first three month of pregnancy but it is hard to imagine how bad this tiredness can be until you live it. I went from training like a top athlete to pretty much struggling to get through a 30 min walk. Me being pregnant doesn’t mean I am taking a break from jiu jitsu, it just mean I have to change how I train. I have definitely scaled down quite a bit, not because my body cant handle it, but more because I just don’t have the energy to keep up my old jiu jitsu tempo (I hear that’s normal and acceptable, hehe). I still teach all my classes and plan to keep on teaching until I am no longer physically able to get up on my own (hopefully I will make it to 8 month…crossing my fingers for the whole 9 months).
Chris and I couldn’t be happier and are very excited to be welcoming a new member to our family. I will be keeping you all updated with my pregnant jiu jitsu training.
Delphie + baby bump
At K2 Martial Arts and Fitness in Barrhaven, we did our first women self-defense workshop. It was a fantastic turnout. We had women of all ages and all walks of life come out. Self-defense for women is not about creating fear, but instead it’s about building your confidence to deal with any type of situation that may or may not come your way. Violence against women is all around us and we should all be prepared on how to deal with these types of situations.
Self-defense courses and workshops a great tool to help women understand different types of dangers and how to react to them. It is important to keep in mind, that you need to practice self-defense and build that muscle memory. This is why martial arts training is so important, you can build your confidence, strength, endurance and fitness all at the same time you learn to defend yourself.