This started as a blog about training together as a family, in part to inspire other women & families to get involved. As female participation in jiu jitsu has increased, as we have grown as athletes and as we learned that families training together aren’t such an anomaly, the blog has evolved. Jen gets personal with posts on ambition, challenges & achievements in BJJ, CrossFit & with nutrition, while Tom's posts are more educational, informative and analytical in regards to training. On occasion you may hear from the kids.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Grappler's Quest Today

by Jen

Preparing for Grappler's Quest today. Luckily I finally lost those 5 lbs I gained from my food binge that occurred between the Miami Open and New Year's Day. Some of us weighed in last night. I wanted to do this since I am close to the top of my weight category. I wanted to eat my breakfast and drink my coffee with no worries this morning - I can be a little neurotic.

Like the guy at NAGA last June, the young guy who registered me seemed a little surprised when he learned I was 40. He was looking down to complete my form when he asked me my age and slightly paused before writing the number down. I caught him trying to inconspicuously look up to see what a 40-year old female BJJ competitor looked like. Made me laugh. With the exception of a few wrinkles and a few greys I haven't had time to touch up, I think I look pretty much the same as the rest. At least he was a little more polite.

I'm guessing that my morning routine before competitions looks a little different from most. As a working mom of two who loves the morning, I have been mopping my floors, dusting the house, and cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms since 5:30 am. The work has to be done, it's going to be a long day, and I'd like to have a little time to rest tomorrow.

I did find some time to include my morning meditation and prayer time and to download some new songs into my IPOD.

Well here's to my Marcelo Meleiro BJJ teammates today! Looking forward to seeing everyone's matches! I hope to represent the school well!


  1. Wishing you the best of luck! I'm sure you'll do well :) Is your whole family competing?

  2. Thanks Jonna. My daughter and I competed along with 4 others from our school, including our instructor Marcelo. Overall our team did really well. I took a 1st in No Gi and 2nd in Gi, and my daughter took second.

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