Girls on the mats

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.

Ottawa Women's BJJ Carlos Machado Workshop with the girls

 

The Worlds Masters

The Worlds Masters

Ottawa BJJ Women World Masters Delphie good to go

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.

Ottawa BJJ Women World Masters Delphie wins Purple Belt Light FeatherOttawa BJJ Women World Masters Delphie Dugal-Tessier GOLD

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.

Ottawa BJJ Women Delphie wins Gold at Seattle Open

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.

 

Ottawa BJJ Women World Masters Delphie

The No Gi experience

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.

 

Ottawa BJJ Women Pan No-Gi 2014

Gold in Boston

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.

Ottawa Women's BJJ Boston Summer Open 2014

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.

 

Ottawa Women's BJJ Boston Summer Open 2014 Delphie

What weight class should I be? Part 2

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!

What weight class should I be? Part 1

Ottawa BJJ Women Weight Cut

For this entry, we will focus on IBJJF type competition, where you weight in with your gi on before the start of your division.

Competition can be a very stressful time on its own but when you factor in weight divisions, weight cuts and weight in’s, it brings competitions to a whole new level.  From when I  was a white belt, I competed in three different weight classes, before I figured out the ideal weight class for me.  I didn’t drop any weight or change my diet for my first tournament.  I was at the very bottom of the light weight division, size and weight.  I decided to make a conscious diet change. I cut alcohol, deserts, and nachos and I easily made the feather division. When I received my blue belt, I wanted to optimize my weight to strength ratio by taking my diet much more seriously. I successfully compete at light feather.  It is much more work but worth it on competition day.

As a new white belt competitor, this question of what weight category should you be in can be very stressful, especially if you have never cut weight before.  My advice to a new white belt is don’t go to crazy with the weight cut.  At this point, you don’t want the additional stress of weight cutting/hydration for the first time.  The white belt division is a very heterogenous pool, from new white belts to very experienced white belt competitors, this is the time to feel the field.  If you didn’t choose the right weight category, it’s not a big deal, change your diet and try again.

The more you compete, the better you get,  and have a much better  understanding of how your body reacts leading up to a  competition. Furthermore, as you grow through the ranks, your weight division becomes more and more important, especially for the bigger competitions, you definitely want to be at your optimal weight to strength ratio.

 

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.

Ottawa BJJ Women Hello Im a victim

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”.

Ottawa BJJ Women What does don't be a vivtim mean

Michelle Nicolini Seminar

Michelle Nicolini Seminar,

It is not everyday, you get to learn from a world-class women BJJ black belt competitor that is my size.  I had a great opportunity  for me this weekend, an opportunity to participate in a Michelle Nicolini seminar.  Michelle is 7 time world Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion and is one of the most decorated competitors in BJJ in both men and women.

I met some awesome girls at the seminar.  It is great to see the Ontario women BJJ community come together.  I also got to take the seminar with my training partner Jen and our Canadian RCJ Machado affiliate sister, Fariba.

Ottawa Women's BJJ michelle Nicolini Delphie Jen with Fariba

There is only one word to describe the seminar: amazing.  It is not easy being a girl in BJJ, especially a small girl.  Michelle Nicolini is the prime example that size and strength doesn’t matter.  She taught us great techniques and I can’t wait to try them, master them, and share them with all of you.

 

Ottawa BJJ Michelle Nicolini Delphie Jen