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.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
How Young is Too Young?
Logan and Hunter plan to compete in the May NAGA. This will be Hunter’s first competition. He loves BJJ, and it shows as he smiles and giggles while he rolls. Marcelo, along with Tom and I, have made it clear that he will need to get more serious in order to prepare. Until now, we have not entered him in competition because we have not felt he was ready. I am a little nervous, but we will see how it goes now that the goal of competition is in sight.
The last thing I want to do is push him to the point where BJJ is not fun for him any more. As a side note, his New Year's resolution was to earn his Yellow Belt so training for NAGA should go hand in hand with achieving this resolution.
I’m wondering what others think about the right age for competition. We noticed that NAGA has divisions for 3-4 years olds. I’m not sure I agree with this – do these kids even know what they are doing? What do you think? What is the right age?
As far as training this week –
I enjoyed all of the drilling that we did Monday and Tuesday night - going to the back and from guard. Last night I worked with one of our blue belts with vast wrestling experience. He is always helpful.
I returned to CrossFit on Monday and it was brutal. I planned to go this morning, but in keeping with my commitment to listen to my body, I decided to make today a true rest day. One more BJJ class tomorrow will make 3 for the week, the same for CrossFit if I go Friday and Saturday.
I’m preparing for the Heraean games on March 26th. I was thrilled to see that this competition has a 40+ age division. I do not anticipate placing well because I’m still scaling and doing assisted pullups, but it will be fun to give it a try.