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.