There is no better way to start spring training, then with a group of awesome ladies.
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.
Girls on the mats
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.
Just before heading down for the World Masters in California, Chris and I did a little stop on Vancouver island to visit family. We were fortunate enough to be able to train at Zugec Ultimate Martial Arts (Zuma) in Victoria, BC. I got to do a couple of rounds with the one and only, Sarah Kaufman. She is phenomenal and one of the nicest person I have ever met. It was great to find some mat time and she gave me the workout I needed this week. Thank you Sarah :).
If anyone is around the Victoria area, please look up Zuma, they are awesome.
This weekend I competed in the IBJJF Pan No-Gi Championships in New York. Unfortunately, the competition went terrible. Leading up to the tournament, my condition and strength was excellent, however, I definitely did not give myself enough no-gi time on the mats, and it showed this weekend. I got submitted twice and I made mistakes that I would of never done in gi. This competition was a real eye opener, I didn’t lose because the competition was way over my head, I lost because I did not efficiently train no-gi to be ready to compete at the level I needed to be.
The Pan No-Gi taught me a valuable lesson, if I want to compete in no-gi, I have to train in no-gi as hard as I train gi. Bad days happen but the Pan no-gi wasn’t a bad day; it was a lack of not enough no-gi training and drilling. Losing is heart breaking, however this does not shatter my confidence it only makes me want to train harder and be more prepared for the next tournament.
I will always come back stronger after a lose.
On August 23rd, I competed at the Boston Summer Open IBJJF Championship. It felt great getting back into competition training. There were no other women competitors registered for my usual light feather weight class, so I decided to compete in feather, one weight class above mine. I easily made weight for this competition but unfortunately my first opponent did not. I went right through to the finals. I was feeling good during the fight and I was able to get a submission for the gold.
It is always unfortunate to see fellow competitors get disqualified for not making weight, especially at higher belt levels. I always monitor my weight very closely and I keep to my training, eating and drinking routine.
This was a good start to the fall competition season, I got some important tournaments coming up, stay tune.
When training for a competition, especially your first ones, try and give yourself 1 to 2 month (ladies) to try and clean up your diet. See blog “Eat well, stay strong” for nutrition ideas. You will surprise yourself what healthy conscious eating (not restriction eating) can actually do to your weight without affecting your strength. This will give you an idea of what weight class you can safely and easily compete at. With experience, you will learn to tweak your eating habits and establish what works best for you. Asking your friends and teammate, how to drop 20lb overnight is not the way to do it.
My rule of thumb is NO alcohol for at least 1-2 month before competition and I don’t put anything in my body that has no beneficial effects. Carbs are good before training, you need that sugar to fuel you up and keep your muscles strong and energized. However, not all carbs are created equal, sugar from fruit is much better then cookies. Drink lots and lots of water, competitors who dehydrate them-self 1 week before competition, are only making them-self weaker. Second, listen to your body, you shouldn’t feel like your going to pass out, that does not make for a great competitor.
Talk to people who have successfully been able to compete at their optimal weight to strength ratio. Keep in mind what works for them might not work for you. Experience will help you develop what is good for you.
Most important HAVE FUN!