First Stripe

This weekend, we had our team RCJ Machado BJJ training.  We had a lot of hard and intense drilling.  Congratulation to RCJ Machado team member, Jen, on getting her first stripe today.  Hard work really pays off.  Jen has been training hard and these monthly team meets is a perfect opportunity to train with a variety of team member from the three RCJ Machado Ottawa schools.

A few words from RCJ Machado member, Jen Eng, on her first stripe success.

‘‘I never would have tried bjj if it hadn’t been for an intro class at the dojo from world silver medalist, Delphie. I’ll admit, I was pretty intimidated by the idea of being down on the mat instead of standing (for kickboxing), but I’m so happy I went because it left me with this positive energy and total desire to learn more. Now, I can’t go a day without doing something bjj related and I absolutely love it!! Bjj is a journey for me that has been nothing but positive, uplifting and challenging. My bjj journey had a special moment today; receiving my first stripe. I feel honoured, thankful to those who got me here, and just plain giddy that I’m “on my way” in the bjj world. See you on the mats!’’

Ottawa BJJ

Never give up

Never give up

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is literally a physical and emotional rollercoaster.  One minute you feel invincible and the next you feel like you have never grappled a day in your life.  And all of this can happen in only one class!  As a new white belt, black belt can seems like an insurmountable mountain to climb.  But, always remember, every black belt started as a white belt, and they never gave up.

Every time you step on those mats, you are one step closer to achieving your goals: the only thing you need to do is not to give up.  You owe it to yourself to be the best you can be.  The harder you work, the more rewarding it will be.  When you do achieve your goals, do yourself a favour and set a new one right away. The journey is never over: It is always the start of a new beginning.

Never give up

Never give up