What’s more fun then bridging? ……… Bridging with a high five of course. This new tradition has been created during the Saturday morning women’s only BJJ class at K2 Martial Arts in Barrhaven. Side effects include early morning fun, giggling and a killer ab workout (try bridging and giggling all at the same time, your abs will be on fire).
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
Last weekend, I participated in my first purple belt competition. I have been competing pretty regularly since I got my blue belt in January 2012. Things did not go as planed. For the first time since I have dropped to light featherweight division, I had to fight dehydrated. I will talk more about my weight cut in my next blog. We were only three girls in my division. The loser of my first fight would have to fight the third girl to continue into the finals. I unfortunately lost my first match by 1 advantage and soon after lost my second match by points.
I have always learned much more by my defeats then by my wins. When I started competing as a blue belt, I lost my first couple of tournaments. I had to learn to compete as a blue belt. The Boston open was a great experience; I am now learning to compete as a purple belt. At every belt level, the competition learning curve gets steeper and steeper. I have all the tools to be a great purple competitor and I can’t wait to compete in the upcoming tournaments this year and apply all my new strategies. It’s all part of the learning curve.
We got to lose to learn how to win.
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.
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.