Jen Eng: First Tournament as a Blue Belt

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.

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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.

Jen

 

Women self defence workshop in the Ottawa community

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

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Special workshop this Thursday with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Master World Champion

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.

Ottawa BJJ Women BJJ Workshop with Delphie Dugal Tessier

 

Women Self-Defense Workshop

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.

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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.

 

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What does “don’t be a victim” mean?

I have seen written time after time “Don’t Be a VICTIM” on women’s self defence websites, on women self defense forums or a response to a partial naked women (commercial) using grappling to fight off intruders.

What does “don’t be a victim” mean? The saying “don’t be a victim” suggest that the victim has or had a choice.

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Being a victim is NEVER a choice.  You could have done everything right and unfortunately bad things do happen.

“Don’t be a victim ” is a subtle way of blaming the victim.  If not being a victim includes, you trained in some sort martial arts, you would have your gi beside your shower, get out, put your gi top on and black belt, no time for pants and fight off home intruders with flying triangles, then ladies, we have been doing things all wrong.

I live, and train in a martial arts world.    Martial arts is multidimensional and teaches you discipline, respect, striking, grappling, awareness, fitness, healthy lifestyle and self defence. I compete in Brazilian jiu-jitsu as a sport but I understand it’s value as self defence.  The ground self-defence is what attracted me to BJJ in the first place.

I get it, you want to know how to defend yourself and also learn to avoid dangerous situation, you want to learn to have a fighting chance.  Self defence for women is amazing and is highly encouraged, it builds confidence and strengths and increase the chance of avoiding or escape dangerous situations.  However, “don’t be a victim”  suggest you did something wrong if you are a victim.

Let’s put the choices and blame on the aggressor and not the victims: “don’t be a aggressor”.

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All Girls Grappling!

All Girls Grappling!

It has been a couple of weeks since we have started an unofficial all female BJJ class on Saturdays with Coach Delphie.  This is a great opportunity to train with one of RCJ Machado‘s Top female competitor.   This special class helps bring together girls and women from all ages with the goal  of promoting women’s grappling in a fun and awesome way!.  This is a perfect opportunity to try, learn, teach and get better at jiu jitsu with all different kinds of girls and women. We are so honored to train with all these amazing ladies of K2!

We encourage every girl or women to come join us at K2 Martial Arts, Saturdays at 12:45.  I promise you one thing; you will have fun. Giggles included!

Ottawa BJJ Women Saturday's all Girls Class

Ottawa BJJ Women Saturday’s all Girls Class