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.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Thank You Sanya!

Sanya took 3rd in the blue belt absolute division!

by Jen

I'd like to take a moment to personally thank my teammate, Sanya, for continuing to make me face my most dreaded position - bottom half guard. I will owe you! One day I will master this position, and I will have to give you some of the credit. Every time we roll, no matter how hard I try, we end up there. "We meet again," we joked as we arrived in the familiar place the other evening. I hate it, I hate it, I hate it! Most specifically, I hate Sanya's top half guard.

I know, I know! I know that this is the only way I'm going to master escaping and sweeping. I consider myself fortunate to have a coach that recognizes my weakness and continues to help me with moves to escape. I WILL DO THIS!

Slow and steady has been the theme this week. The CrossFit WOD on Monday was designed to focus on strength, not speed. This constant reminder from our coaches played a huge factor in my ability to lift heavier. I used the same technique on Wednesday with the AMRAP. Climbing the rope is just as much of a mental challenge as a physical challenge. I forced myself to slow down and achieve the climb each time rather than go for a lot of rounds. It worked for all but one round when I just couldn't get to the top. At that point I recognized the need to take a step away and refresh. I walked away from the workout feeling more confident about climbing so mission accomplished!

In keeping with the same theme on the mats, I'm feeling better in my training. Instead of getting anxious, I'm trying to slow down, relax and think more strategically. I feel like it has helped, but it is a constant mind battle.

As a quick tournament recap, moving up a weight division was a good decision. I was able to enjoy a good breakfast and felt nourished and hydrated. Sanya, Logan and I enjoyed spending the day with our friend from another area school, Gina, and her powerhouse daughter, Buggy! Gina took second in the light blue belt division and her daughter took 2nd in her division! We also met several new competitors from around the state, including Kim, a fellow 40+ mom, and Melissa, the administrator of the Facebook page USA BJJ girls - check it out. Our team results can be found at