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!!!!!!
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 😉
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
Hard training for competition is essential. Competition training will test you physically, mentally and emotionally. Hard training doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Having fun with your teammates does make the hardest training session seem so much more enjoyable.
Here we are taken it to the cage fitness bags during comp training.
Hoping you all have a wonderful time off with family and friends.
See you all in 2015
Girls on the mats
In the last year, the number of women training BJJ at K2 Martial Arts has skyrocketed. We have a great group of women that shows dedication and hard work.
Congratulation to Morgan on obtaining her blue belt, hard work does pay off. Every belt is a new beginning.
To all the ladies, always remember to train like a girl. That’s what we are and that’s what will make stronger and better.
We are ALL grappling machines.
The Worlds Masters
This competition year has been a rollercoaster ride. All the loses, heartbreaks, hard training sessions, bruises, tears (there has been a few) and even the wins has lead to Gold at the Worlds Masters. I have never been so physically and mentally ready for this. In my mind, I have done everything humanely possible to win and there was no way I was losing this one. Since becoming a purple belt, I had to relearn how to compete, I had to tighten my game and rebuild the confidence I once had.
I am always very nervous leading up to competitions, especially a big one like the Worlds Masters. The Seattle Open was a perfect opportunity to get rid of all my competition jitters. Once I stepped on those mats at the Worlds Masters, it was go time. My family was there to support and cheer for me, it was a great feeling to be there with them.
The harder I lose, the bigger I win and its all due to this wonderful RCJ Machado family. I can’t say it enough; I do have the best team in the world; my teammates, my coaches, my husband, my family. We win, we lose and we grow together.