Monthly Archives: March 2013

IBJJF Pans: Personal Highlights

So we’re back, and here are some of the things I remember from the trip:

The trip was long, partially due to a layover in Minneapolis. But, they have iPads in their restaurants!


I was told this isn’t too uncommon, especially in more metropolitan areas- but I have actually never been to Minnesota, so to me the state is comprised of farms and the Mall of  America, so I was surprised when I saw their totally modern airport….And if anyone is from Minneapolis, I apologize for underestimating you and I’m sure your city is lovely.  And your coffee is pretty good as well: although I was a little weirded out by all the fish options on the menu… anyway, moving on.

Jiu jitsu! And more jiu jitsu!

IBJJF 2013 Pans in Irivine, CA

we had people fighting every day, which was great, but we also have a really close team that wants to root each other on and spend hours upon hours upon hours  sitting in the Bren Event Center, which can be a little tiring after a while.

Tournament Sleeper

Our team did all right: we had a lot of first timers out at an IBJJF tournament, some won some medals, some didn’t. Some of the matches were pretty interesting, if you are crazy…er, committed enough to looking through all the footage of the tournament. The most notable one that comes to mind are the fact that MMA fighter Ben Henderson competed (at brown belt) and the black belt final between Buchecha* and Andre Galvao. 

And I competed as well!

Coach and I


As I reported earlier, I lost my first match in my division, but due to a by (bye?) I was able to compete in the absolute. Which I also lost. Welp, just more stuff to work on for the next tournament. Speaking of which, any brown belt girls registered for the New York Open?…Anyone? 



And then….Go Karting! 


Go Kart World


And the Beach!

Venice Beach


The Panorama turned out a little weird, but I didn’t want to spend all my time taking and re-taking photos while I was standing in warm, gorgeous weather just a few hours before I had to head back to the East Coast. 

It was all fun and good times were had, but now it’s time to get back to work and get ready for the next tournament. 


*for anyone who reads this and doesn’t do jiu jitsu: Buchecha is a nickname for black belt Marcus Almeida. On an adorable note, it’s a Portuguese nickname meaning cheek, because when he started jiu jitsu he was overweight and had chubby cheeks.  

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Getting Back into the Swing of Things

Hey guys, still running around trying to get back into the swing of things- I should have my Pans highlights/summary up in a day or so, promise. 

I wanted to share this moment from class last night though: I was sparring with one of our white belt girls, and had caught her in a bow and arrow choke. She tapped, turned around with a big smile on her face and exclaimed, “I missed you!” 

It was a little odd, but definitely endearing and I couldn’t help but laugh. 


Have a great day everyone! 

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Update on

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A rolling stone gathers no sleep

We all made it home safe and sound, but I went straight from the airport to home, got changed and went to work. Today’s going to be all about running around catching up, or I will probably fall asleep at my desk.

I swear I’ll post more interesting things about the trip either tonight or tomorrow. Train hard everyone! Or rest hard, if you are also getting back from the tournament, to get ready to train hard again. Or something like that.

Yeah…today’s going to be interesting.

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When Keeping it real Goes Wrong: Food Edition

So I think my body got accustomed to all this no red meat, fried food or alcohol business.

Would have been nice to know before I ate all of those things in one meal post tournament :-/

We’re all up, spending our last few hours running amok around Southern California before heading back to the east coast.

Have a great Monday everyone!

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Pans Saturday Results

Can I just say I love modern technology? In between watching matches in the venue I’m able to check my email, take photos and respond to comments all on my phone, and still keep my prime seat in the event center.

Anyway, Maggie won brown belt master’s penna and is waiting to fight absolute, Coach is waiting to fight his division, our teammate Stevie fought hard in his first match but lost on points, and our other teammate Shawn B. won 3rd in his division after a couple of serious matches.

Way to go, guys!



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At Pans

We’re here out in California at the Jiu jitsu Pans: our team has won some matches, lost others, but we’re all here for each other and we brought out about 14 competitors. Woo!

I compete on Sunday morning: I’ll let you know how it all goes.



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The Transgendered MMA Fighter Dilemma

I’m in the middle of running around getting ready to fly off to California, so to be perfectly honest I haven’t done that much writing, here or creatively (it feels wrong not to, so that’s a good sign the routine is taking hold).

However, here’s an interesting article for you to read though: it’s about a transgendered MMA fighter who underwent surgery to become a female in 2006 and now wants to fight other females. One fighter is saying she will not fight her, due to the unknown element of what has changes in concern to the fighter’s body composition versus what has remained from her time as a male.

It’s uncharted territory, and just when I think I know what side of the fence I am on, something else comes up and I’m unsure again.

I have to admit I am not well versed in how gender reassignment affects the body in a long term sense, and I think not many others know either, and that’s what bothers people. From what I can tell, transgendered male to female patients receive hormone replacement therapy treatments for up to 10 years to fully go through their change. Fox has her gender reassignment in 2006, so she may (or may not) have been taking hormones up until now. We tell women all the time that they can lift a bunch because their bodies can’t produce the amount of testosterone it would take to bulk up, so theoretically shouldn’t that be the same for Fox? She no longer produces that key hormone which I feel would give her the  strength advantage over her opponents. Men also tend to be stronger in the upper body than the lower, but again I don’t think there would be much of a difference to consider it unfair.

I know in some ways I am simplifying the matter, but again, I don’t really know that much about gender reassignment. I’m more of a Shakespeare, sci-fi, comic book kind of gal (which btw Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado About Nothing” is coming out on June 7th! Squee!) so this isn’t really something I have interest in reading into.

I think with time this issue most certainly can be resolved. Rules will be made, regulations will be put into place in concern to transgendered females and males (hey, it could happen. Maybe.) when it comes to competition and proper testing. In the meantime we here in the peanut gallery will continue to scratch our heads and hope someone out there has a better idea of how to handle the situation.


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Love Letter to BJJ from Val Worthington

Once you get over the shock and sadness of Google shutting down Google Reader (I’m still reeling, btw) Read this nice little piece written by black belt Val Worthington, reminding us of the struggles and deep love we feel for the art of jiu jitsu.

Check it out! 

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Saulo Ribeiro Seminar Photos

It’s been a little over a week, so sorry for that: I wanted to get permission from the photographer, Maggie, before putting them up.

It was a good seminar and good to see Saulo here on the East Coast: we learned some different things, cleaned up a few techniques, and overall had a good time. Here are some photos!

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