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.

 

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

World’s Recap

Worlds was just a little over a week ago and my break time is over.  The Worlds has been a great learning experience.   My division was absolutely insane, we were 16 of the top purple light feather women in the world,  most of us have had  medals at the Worlds and Pans in the last two years.  I had a challenging draw.  My first match was against one of the most experienced purple belts in the division.  I knew, she would be a tough match.  I have seen videos of her and she has a solid guard.  As I expected, she pulled guard first.  I was able to solidify half guard, I took my time and applied a lot of that RCJ Machado shoulder pressure.  She had a tight half guard,  so I decided to finish the fight from top half guard with a kimura.

My quarter finals match was against the #1 IBJJF ranked light feather purple belt.  She had came 2nd at Pan and at Worlds last year as a purple belt and won Pans this year.  Definitely a challenging 2nd round.  I had already beaten her 2 years ago in the semi-finals at worlds as a blue belt (one of my toughest matches of my career).  Last time, I pulled guard first, this time, she pulled guard first.  She has an awesome spider guard and I got swept early on in the match.  However, I recovered my  guard.  I tried everything to generate opportunities but it is not easy when you are trailing 2-0.  She kept her elbows tight and her weight down and that was that.  I lost 2-0.

I was physically and mentally ready, I felt great.  I am still a new purple belt and my first big tournament at that level.  I definitely need to build up my experience.  I am already drilling new strategies to help me create better opportunities  when I get stuck.

Losing only fuels my desire to try harder, train harder and fight harder!

At the Worlds with Prof. Aksell and my husband Chris

Ottawa BjjWomen Worlds 2014

Ready for the worlds!

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!!

Ottawa BJJ Women IBJJF Worlds 2014

Getting ready for Worlds

I won the light absolute purple, brown and black belt division and the free trip to the Worlds in California at the Ontario Open International Jiu Jitsu Championship at the beginning of May.

Ottawa BJJ Women Training hard for worlds

Worlds is only one week away and what do you do when Worlds is only one week away?  You try and get as much training in as you can; this is the last boost before heading out to California, there is no slowing down.   I feel good, I feel strong and I feel ready, lets do this.!

Ottawa BJJ Women Training hard for worlds2

 

All Girls Grappling!

All Girls Grappling!

It has been a couple of weeks since we have started an unofficial all female BJJ class on Saturdays with Coach Delphie.  This is a great opportunity to train with one of RCJ Machado‘s Top female competitor.   This special class helps bring together girls and women from all ages with the goal  of promoting women’s grappling in a fun and awesome way!.  This is a perfect opportunity to try, learn, teach and get better at jiu jitsu with all different kinds of girls and women. We are so honored to train with all these amazing ladies of K2!

We encourage every girl or women to come join us at K2 Martial Arts, Saturdays at 12:45.  I promise you one thing; you will have fun. Giggles included!

Ottawa BJJ Women Saturday's all Girls Class

Ottawa BJJ Women Saturday’s all Girls Class

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Ottawa BJJ Women New-Happy-Year-2014

I hope everyone had a great holiday vacation.   I know I did (I ate A LOT), I am all rested up and ready for another great year of training.  First step: get back into a routine.  Don’t ease back in or push back the inevitable of the first class, Get back into training, you might feel like crap at first but it wont take you long to feel good and refresh.

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