I’M DOING GRAPPLEMANIA THIS MONTH IN NORTH CAROLINA!
I’m registering for this! I’m still waiting for my credit card to arrive so I can officially do it, but dang it, I will be there! I’m going to be registering for both gi and nogi. I’m terribly excited about it. I’m also not expecting to do well, but that’s okay!
I’ll be doing both gi and nogi, in both the division and in the absolute. So that will make 4 matches minimum, even if I lose each one. Not too bad for $90 (preregistration fee), as opposed to the two matches that I did that cost me $100 in Korea. Ah well.
I’m excited to meet other women in BJJ! This includes CLinzy, who I have “known” for years on jiujitsuforums.com!
I’m planning to sign up for the Middle category. The women’s divisions are as such:
- Super Feather: Up to 113.50
- Feather: 113.6 – 124.5
- Light: 124.6 – 135.5
- Middle: 135.6 – 147.0
- Medium Heavy: 147.1 – 158.0
- Heavy: Over 158.0
Over the past year I’ve been holding steady at 147-150 lbs (67-68 kg), and with my normal walking weight, I would just need to lose about 2 lbs to make the middle weight. However, I have been on vacation for the past week and a half, and in that short, short time, I have gained. I stepped on the scale today and it said 160.6. What the what?
I GET TO DO MY FIRST REAL WEIGHT CUT
It was decided that my boyfriend and I would both be aiming to lose the 15 lbs before the tournament. Honestly, a lot of mine is temporary, and I’ve found that that comes off a LOT faster than slowly-gained weight.
What it does mean is I’m aiming for 30-50 carbs per day. Lots of unrefined foods, no drinkable calories, no dairy, no white carbs, no sweeteners, and even (gasp) no fruit. It’s terribly healthy, though overall not long term sustainable, but I do think it’s what my body has needed. I’ve been looking to break through that plateau, but it’s hard, and stagnation sets in, and you start to get somewhat frustrated.
IN OTHER JIU JITSU NEWS
A huge thank you to Beta Academy for letting me train there twice this past week! I had a really great time. I’ll put up a stand alone thank-you tomorrow with pics, but wanted to put up a blurb to say THANK YOU and that you guys were awesome!
Starting this week, I will be training at Jiu Jitsu Institute with Ben Eaton. I’m really excited to meet everyone, and so far, even just over the Internet I have felt very welcome! If you train there or are near Yorktown, Virginia, let’s try to roll before I go!
IN NON-JIU JITSU NEWS
I’m in Virginia for a month! I’ll be leaving to go back to Korea on August 20th, and until then, I’ll mostly be staying in Virginia with my boyfriend. We visited Washington DC this past weekend, and unfortunately I was out in the sun a bit too long. 🙁
I also had a chance to visit my family the week before. It was really nice seeing all of them, and it was such a shocker that the three houses I stayed at all had chickens. Weird!
Jiu Jiu’s Question: What are you up to this summer? Any fitness plans? If you have a favorite low-carb recipe, please post it below (not just ANY low-carb – your PERSONAL favorite!). Please let me know if you’re registering for Grapplemania, or training at or near Jiu Jitsu Institute, or if you can stop by. Let’s meet and/or roll! HELLO AMERICA, IT’S NICE TO BE HERE!
I’m going to be in the Raleigh area that day – will come by and hope to catch your matches!
Please say hello! I’ll be completely out of it, so please remind me who you are!
I know you’ll do great at grapplemania! Plans for the summer for me: have family fun, get to jits regularly. Don’t freak out. Glad you’re getting family time! Hope your sunburn has healed. As far as weight cutting, I know it’s hard! I recently lost 20 lbs about a year and a half after the baby came out! I’d still like to loose 15 more but I’m holding steady at my current weight. I could be trying harder though. Let me know how that goes! I love a simple small piece of extra dark high quality dark chocolate. 72% or above!
Congrats!! Thankfully my sunburn has been healing nicely! I’m down to 154, which means I’m in the “medium heavy” category at the most!
Yeeeah everybody cutting weight!
I hope this gives me motivation too! Good luck with the tournament!
Are you motivated yet? How about now?
FWIW, I’d change your competition mindset. Trust your BJJ. Expect to do well. Have a goal (even if the goal isn’t winning), like getting the takedown you’ve been working on, hitting a sweep, etc. You can lose the match but still win because you executed something you’ve been working on mastering. Isn’t the whole point of competing to get better at BJJ? Look how many ways you can win!
And now that I’ve turned into a giant granola-eating hippie, I will also say that you should take her down, pass her guard, smash her face, and WIN. That is all. 🙂
Hey lady! I sent you something – let me know when you get it!
My goal during the tournament is to improve from the first match to the last one – ie. to have learned from the matches. I think that’s a good starter goal. I’m also there to get tournament footage to be analyzed later. I imagine that if I live in the US in the future I will likely do more tournaments. 🙂
You can use Earl Grey tea to get rid of the sunburn quicker, FWIW:
Good luck at the tourney!
Thank you! I ended up using apple cider vinegar, and thankfully it healed fairly quickly. I trained in bjj not the next day, but the day after, and it was fine.
Which region in VA? I’m here in Richmond. Luckily there are tons of great gyms each with a different focus and style but everyone gets along (mostly). Try them all before settling down.
Hi Steven – I’m staying in Williamsburg. I got a very good recommendation about Jiu Jitsu Institute, and what I saw on the website was super promising. I’ve now trained there three times, and I’ve been very impressed. I made sure to let the owner know that I love cross training at other gyms to visit my BJJ buds, and for me, so long as I’m happy and enjoy the place and I’ve got blanket permission to visit others, I’m set. 🙂 Plus, this is very close to Ft Eustis, where my boyfriend works.
Which gym do you train at? I’ll try to come visit your gym! I’ll have time during the day M-F. Are you available at that time or do you only train in the evenings?
If you happen to be in the area you should come by Revolution BJJ to train! This is Andrew Smith’s school, co-owner of US Grappling. http://www.revolutionbjj.com
Right on! I’ll try to make it there. I’m in Williamsburg, so it looks to be about an hour away. Likely I would try to coincide it with doing something else there – I hope I can make it!! Out of curiosity, how long are classes – I don’t see that listed on the schedules.