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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Chris and I arrived in Cali on Tuesday afternoon. The next day we went for a nice easy run in the morning, it felt great to get all the airplane stiffness out of my legs. It is super important for athletes to keep moving and keep doing exercises the days leading up to a competition. You have to keep a good balance between relaxing and light exercising. Your muscles get used to increase blood flow due to training and you don’t want to decrease it to much the week of a competition. A little light training goes a long way.
We are 16 girls in my division, 7 minute matches, Friday, 9 am pacific time. All these girls are champions. I will treat my first match like it is the final match, it is the only way to make it to GOLD!!
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!
When tired or lacking motivation, it is easy to push training to the next day, and then to the next. You will wake up on Friday and you have not had any training at all. Best way to avoid this, start training on Monday. You will be more likely not to push training to the next day this way! So get off your butt and get training!
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.
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!
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.
This weekend, we had our team RCJ Machado BJJ training. We had a lot of hard and intense drilling. Congratulation to RCJ Machado team member, Jen, on getting her first stripe today. Hard work really pays off. Jen has been training hard and these monthly team meets is a perfect opportunity to train with a variety of team member from the three RCJ Machado Ottawa schools.
A few words from RCJ Machado member, Jen Eng, on her first stripe success.
‘‘I never would have tried bjj if it hadn’t been for an intro class at the dojo from world silver medalist, Delphie. I’ll admit, I was pretty intimidated by the idea of being down on the mat instead of standing (for kickboxing), but I’m so happy I went because it left me with this positive energy and total desire to learn more. Now, I can’t go a day without doing something bjj related and I absolutely love it!! Bjj is a journey for me that has been nothing but positive, uplifting and challenging. My bjj journey had a special moment today; receiving my first stripe. I feel honoured, thankful to those who got me here, and just plain giddy that I’m “on my way” in the bjj world. See you on the mats!’’
Never give up
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is literally a physical and emotional rollercoaster. One minute you feel invincible and the next you feel like you have never grappled a day in your life. And all of this can happen in only one class! As a new white belt, black belt can seems like an insurmountable mountain to climb. But, always remember, every black belt started as a white belt, and they never gave up.
Every time you step on those mats, you are one step closer to achieving your goals: the only thing you need to do is not to give up. You owe it to yourself to be the best you can be. The harder you work, the more rewarding it will be. When you do achieve your goals, do yourself a favour and set a new one right away. The journey is never over: It is always the start of a new beginning.
Never give up