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.

 

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

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

 

Learn to fight again

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.

 

Delphie,

Ottaw Team Boston Spring Open

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

Great Super Saturday in Ottawa!

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!

Ottawa BJJ Women Feb 22 2014 Super Saturday!

 

Monday’s Training Tip!

Training tip

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!

 

Ottawa BJJ Women Sweat