Great Super Saturday in Ottawa!

This past weekend, we had an incredible super Saturday at K2 Martial Arts and Fitness.   Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt, Professor Aksell tough us an amazing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu self defence class.  We learnt different techniques to safely and effectively and protect ourselves when taken to the ground in different attack scenarios.

The ladies are looking so good and strong.  Here are the BJJ ladies learning to kickbutt; Rama, Jen, Daniella, Amy, Delphie and Liz.

Ottawa BJJ Women Feb 22 2014 Super Saturday!

Ottawa BJJ Women Feb 22 2014 Super Saturday!


Huge Promotions this weekend!

Huge Promotions this weekend!

The 5 brothers Machado camp in Dallas Texas has been an amazing experience.  This is my second time attending the camp and the brothers did not disappoint.  Three words: Mind was Blown.  I learned so many new techniques and game ideas.  I can spend the next lifetime perfecting all these techniques.

Ottawa BJJ Women 5 Brothers Machado Camp 2013

I was very honoured to be promoted to Purple Belt  during the second day of training at the  camp.  It is not everyday, you get a coral belt promoting you along side the 4 other Machado Brothers.  I am now a Carlos Machado Purple Belt, RCJ for life!

Ottawa BJJ Women Delphie promoted to Purple

The highlight of the camp was seeing three of our instructors being promoted to their BJJ Black Belts.   It takes years and years of hard training and dedication to become a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt.


Even better, they got the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from one of the most respected families in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world, the Machado family.  Aksell, Scott and Alain have been  pioneers in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Sport MMA in the  Ottawa area.  At K2 Martial Arts and Fitness, we are very lucky to have not one, not two, but three amazing BJJ Black Belts.


Ottawa BJJ 3 Machado Black Belts

A girls’ best friends

A girls’ best friends

The Martial Arts is more then just a traditional combat sport, unlike diamonds, it teaches self-defense, discipline, hard work, respect, honor and focuses on physical and mental health and fitness.  I don’t know about you but that sounds like a pretty good best friend to me.  Martial Arts is a best friend that will always be by your side as long as you dedicate yourself to it.  Best friends are all around us, in non-material art forms from Yoga, dance, sport, music, to painting.  Embrace these arts and they will never let you down.

I searched most of my life for the place where I belonged and in Martial Arts I found it.  From the moment I stepped foot on those mats, I promised myself to become the best Martial Artist I can be.

Find your non-diamond best friend :)

Ottawa BJJ Women A girls’ best friend

Breaking all barriers

Breaking all barriers

As some/most of you have heard or witnessed, there was history in the making this weekend by having the first UFC fight featuring women.  Even more groundbreaking, it was featured as the main event! Coming in as the favorite, Ronda Rousey did not disappoint with a first round finish with her signature move; arm bar from the mount.  No one will dispute it: Rousey is one mean fighting machine.  She has all the qualities, and heart and soul to be a fighting legend, both genders combined.  Also, let’s not forget Liz Carmouche, who was absolutely amazing.  She is relentless and fearless, a fighter who went for the kill (which she almost succeeded).  Both these fighters represented women’s MMA on the centre stage, they went in for the fight, and showed the world that women can and DO belong in the ring.

Barriers are broken every day; just look at Danica Patrick, the first woman to win the pole position for the Daytona 500.  Don’t ever let someone tell you it isn’t possible.  UFC president Dana White said there would NEVER be any women fighting in the UFC and now? 10 Bantamweight women have signed contracts with the UFC.

UFC is ultimately an entertainment business, and Rousey and Carmouche’s fight showed that women’s MMA is as entertaining as men’s.  One thing: I hope that women’s UFC doesn’t live and die with Rousey’s career.  Carmouche proved that there is talent beyond Rousey and I am very excited to see her fight again and hopefully these two fighters will go at it again: Rousey vs Carmouche II.

Ladies, always follow your dreams. Barriers are meant to be broken: Let’s break them and show every girl with a dream that anything is possible.

Ronda Rousey, you looked super cute with your sports bra, but Lululemon makes more supportive and appropriate sports bras for our sport, aka fighting. Instead of a breathe-easy bra, why not go with an energy or all sports bra. You can still double them up and that way, you won’t have to keep pulling it up.

Ottawa BJJ Women Breaking barriers Ronda Rousey


Everyone will lack or has lacked motivation at some point during their training; this is completely natural.  What you have to watch out for is that inner voice rationalizing why the lack of motivation is a good thing.   Losing your motivation can lead to guilt (guilt of missing training), which can then lead into even less motivation, creating a dangerous downward spiral.  The secret is to break that spiral by showing up to class.  Make a commitment to yourself that you will attend ‘‘X’’ amount of classes in a given week. I can promise you, you might not want to train on a given day but when you do arrive to class, you will forget all the negative thoughts that you had related to training.  The repercussions of doing this are staggering: You will feel better and forget all the reasons and excuses that you had to avoid training, creating an uphill spiral (wanting to train more). I am strictly speaking of a motivational aspect and not other legitimate reasons preventing someone from training :). If you can make it, train as hard as you can :)

Looking forward to see everyone in class this week.


First stripe

First stripe

There are many milestones throughout your martial arts training.  The beauty of it, as long as you keep training, these things never stop.  There is always more to learn, to accomplish and to achieve.  One milestone that sticks out most of all is that first stripe on that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu white belt.  I still remember the feeling, it downed on me that I actually knew something and I was ready to try it out in open rolling.

This pass month, RCJ Machado Ottawa BJJ got not just one, but two women with their first stripe.  I have trained with both these ladies and I have to tell you, they are absolutely amazing.  They come in and leave with a smile and train hard and smart (the best combo ever).   The K2 Martial Arts & Fitness team is so proud of these two ladies.

Here are their feelings on getting their first stripe

‘‘Getting my first stripe was so exciting.  Being such a beginner, its hard to gauge whether I’m improving or not but thanks to my amazing trainers and now this stripe, I’m feeling a lot more confident on the mat!’’

  • RCJ Machado student Emera

‘‘I have been promoted!  It was a Saturday morning at the main dojo in Ottawa we lined up at the end of class to do a courtesy bow and shake each other’s hands. To my surprise my Renshi called out my name to award me my very first stripe in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  I was so excited, stepping forward to shake my Renshi’s hand he place a white piece of electrical tape on the black part on my belt. This little piece of tape gave me a huge feeling of accomplishment, I felt like I wanted to jump up and down and do a little happy dance. This stripe was so much more than a piece of tape!

Since I have first started BJJ, five months ago I have started developing more techniques and understanding the concept of the sport.  I definitely need to give credit to my teachers and partners for having patience with me and showing me new tricks. I used to be very nervous rolling with the guys since I am a girl and was new at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu but now I look forward to trying these new moves on them.

I already have a love for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and I enjoy every minute I spend on the mats learning new things. It’s been a great learning environment at K2 martial arts and I wouldn’t want to change it for the world.’’

– RCJ Machado student Natacha

If you want to join these wonderful ladies, and myself come and try out a class at K2 Martial Arts and fitness, there is always room for more ladies at RCJ Machado.

Ottawa BJJ Women First Stripe

Women Can Handle Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu!

Can Women Really Handle Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?…… REALLY? This is the title of a absurd sexist post to why women  don’t seem to fit or handle BJJ.  I get it, this post is trying to encourage women to ‘’Stick with it’’ but unfortunately this post is an epic fail on that matter!

Let me address some of the concerns of this post.  The problem why women are not fit for BJJ is because they don’t stick to it and this is after they ‘‘DEMAND to try it (BJJ) out’’.   DEMAND is a very strong word, its insinuating they forced their way into a class against all warning signs of ‘‘danger’’.  It happens to EVERYONE, they think they will like it and they don’t, it’s a human nature not a women thing.  Your discouraging women to try BJJ just in case they don’t like it.  If you lived your life like that, you would never try any new things.   Second, they always stay for a short time, women do get pregnant, life change, job changes, that’s a fact of life.  Men go through the  same experiences, however there is (I admit) more men in the sport so it is less noticeable.

A women practicing the sport of BJJ who don’t get their black belt should not be seen as a waste of time.  A blue belt is accomplishment all in itself and a woman or a man with a blue belt in BJJ has a great deal of knowledge in self-defence and you should be proud that these women and men are walking the streets with a blue belt they earned from you.  Ideally, you want the best for all your students and receiving a black belt in BJJ is an incredible accomplishment men or women but unfortunately priorities in life can change this.

The most insulting part of this post is the fact that male student puts their marriage and relationship at risk because they might roll with a women during class.  This is a completely ridiculous concern.  This is blaming women for potential relationship problems just because they roll with men.  If a wife or girlfriend has a problem with this, then the men are in their rights not to roll with women but that’s definitely their lost. Women make awesome partners.

Women who don’t stick to BJJ are not weak and need to be tougher.  We are not dolls who need to be protected and need to understand that someone will be between are legs, we get THAT sense in the first couple of months (enhance the trying out period).  Some women just hate it and find another sport more fitted for them.  The reason why women don’t stick to it is not because of awkward human contact, especially senior white belts and up (we know all about it).  There are probably other underlying problems of why women are leaving.  Like any other sports, people will come and go, new students should never be seen as a potential waste of time.

BJJ is a male dominated sport but women are starting to understand how beneficial and amazing BJJ is.  Just look around you at all the women bjj groups and all the enthusiasm there is for it.  We don’t ask for special  all women classes, we make our own. You should check out women Open Mat all around North America and all the women giving seminars around the world.

Women CAN handle Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and there is many qualified black belt BJJ instructors out there for women to get their black belt from.

Here is the link to the post I am referring to:



”Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them — a desire, a dream, a vision.” – Muhammad Ali

Champions are born from within and no obstacles stand in their way.  Adversity shapes the character of who we are.

In a sport where sensation, motion and feeling is so important, it’s incredible to see how people can adapt and make Jiu-Jitsu their own (seen here by a visually impaired competitor at the European Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2013).

Find your inner champion

Ottawa BJJ Women champion

Size doesn’t matter

Size doesn’t matter

It can be very overwhelming being a woman in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  Everyone seems bigger and stronger.  All the techniques are hard to do and it feels like fighting against a brick wall.  I only have one piece of advice: stick to it.  The learning curve for women is usually steeper than the men’s.  We can’t rely on our muscular strength as much as they do; we have to rely on the pure technical mechanics of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (this is a good thing).  Learning the basics is essential in BJJ, but also in self-defense: We learn how to use our body to get optimal leverage. Knowing how to stay calm and how to move on the ground can save your life.  RCJ Machado Ottawa BJJ will teach you those skills.

If you stick to it, you will be able to control, lift, sweep and even submit bigger opponents.  And the reason why? You did it right.

Ottawa BJJ Women If size matters