IBJJF 2014 Pan Ams, Day 1-3

I was very fortunate to have saved up pennies to compete at the IBJJF Pan Ams in Irvine, Ca. Now I’m not Mrs. Moneybags. In order to compete I have to work the events because as of yet I do not have any sponsors (email if interested 🙂 ) to help with travel or registration … Continue reading

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Silver at the Abu Dhabi Pro Trials NYC!!!

I’ll make this short and sweet as I’m so late posting it. So I earned 2nd at the Abu Dhabi Pro Trials in New York, NY (2013). I got into the finals with a bow and arrow choke and lost to Erin Harpe by points. It was a very aggressive and fast paced match. We … Continue reading

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Equal Pay for Equal Play! BJJ Edition

I say to all tournament organizers with cash prizes, put your money where your mouth is. If you respect us, women, as competitors then prove it and provide cash prizes for both the male and female divisions. Please and thank you. I’m not one of those people who just searches for things to rant online about HOWEVER … Continue reading

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The IBJJF NEEDS you

Few competitors are aware that they can work events and compete as well.  It helps because BJJ is not the sport where dough is ever flowing.  Sponsorships are scarce and usually start as gear only and can escalate to monetary contributions.  Unfortunately you have to compete often and medal before anyone even knows who you … Continue reading

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IBJJF New York Int’l Open: Silver Medalist

I competed in the female blue belt medium heavy division this past weekend (April 20,2013) in New York and earned 2nd place in my weight class. I also competed in the open weight but was unsuccessful in medalling. Nevertheless this was by far the greatest opportunity I’ve had to compete.  Now bear with me because every … Continue reading

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Gold & Silver at the IBJJF Chicago Int’l Open Gi & Nogi

On March 9 & 10 I competed at the Chicago open and had great success. Team 1 BJJ (Bowling Green BJJ & Etown BJJ) Took 5 competitors and came back w/ about 7 medals I believe. Quick team overview: Joe Dibble earned 2nd Purple Senior 2 gi (won 1st match by points but lost second … Continue reading

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My favorite Medicine Ball workout

Competition season is finally here!! Since many major tournaments are right around the corner many are finding other ways to supplement their BJJ game. In addition to cardiovascular exercise like running, jogging, or bicycling, I wanted to carry out several strength and conditioning exercises to help rehabilitate some beaten up joints in addition to being … Continue reading

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“The IBJJF Medal Has No Value”

“The [IBJJF] medal has zero value. It means as much as this tablecloth right here, but people still kill themselves to try to get those medals.” –Hey I didn’t say it, but Ryon Gracie did at the press conference after the Metamoris Pro. I agree and disagree and I’d love to hear your points on it.  … Continue reading

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My experiences at the Atlanta International Open

Last weekend I competed at the Atlanta International Open and I had a blast! I got 2nd in my weight class (meio-pesado) and I got 3rd in the absolute and I couldn’t feel better.  Many people don’t understand because I got 2nd why I’m just as happy if I had won but after 5 matches … Continue reading

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Reflecting on the Chicago Internation Open

Chicago Open. I competed in medium heavy division (153-163) and the open division. Day before the event I had these incredibly disheartening moments where I just felt completely inadequate. Here I was driving 6+ hours to compete in a pretty big tournament and I just felt like I was in so far over my head. … Continue reading

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