This past weekend, the Sudbury MMA Team attended an In-House competition at Action Martial Arts and Fitness. It was well attended with other academies from all over Northern Ontario including Troop MMA, Sudbury BJJ, TMAC, Evolution Martial Arts and Ares Kickboxing. The demo started off with some Submission Only Brazilian Jiu Jitsu matches. The BJJ matches were super entertaining!! There was several submission attempts and scrambles that had the crowd cheering! It was a great way to kick off the event. Sudbury MMA then had 5 athletes competing in the K1 demos. The demos were very entertaining and a great way to build the fight experience and fight IQ.
I was especially proud of our team for different reasons.. We have such a great support system from the Sudbury MMA Family. Several members make the trip to North Bay to cheer on and support the team! I received several messages on social media from members asking how their team mates were doing. Then of course, I was proud of our Fight Team. We had one fighter take a match up with literally about 20 minutes notice. We had one fighter make her return to the ring after almost 3 years off. We had on fighter take a match up, and stand toe to toe against an opponent that is considered to be a big step up for her. We had two fighters continue on their path to amateur MMA fighting several disciplines and several opponents in one day amassing a ton of competition experience in one afternoon. We also had one fighter push past his comfort zone and even his own beliefs to have one of his best matches to date.
I could talk a lot more about each of these match ups but in a nutshell, this is what competition is all about.. spending time with the team, setting goals, crushing them.. or learning what needs to be done to crush them. Either way, it’s the pursuit of these goals and learning about yourself.. learning who you are in the face of adversity, and ultimately what it takes to overcome the obstacles. Onto to the next one! The Ontario Open BJJ tournament is next weekend!
See you on the mats
Last night I had the opportunity to teach in our Women’s Only Jiu Jitsu program. I typically don’t teach classes in that program as it is specifically for the ladies and they have their own vibe in that class. My super heavyweight status is typically the vibe that they are trying to avoid in that program. Firstly, I walked into the class and was surprised with the turn out. The class has significantly grown since we launched the program about one year ago. These ladies are super dedicated BJJ practitioners and specifically dedicated the women’s only program. We covered basic collar chokes from the back along with a straight arm lock finish. Then we covered how to apply these techniques to unassuming loved ones while watching TV, having dinner or any other opportune time that presents! We had a blast during the class and ended the night with a little rolling. This is the perfect class for any women just starting out, looking to get in shape and a good handle on the BJJ basics without the fear of huge classes and us super heavyweights! Sudbury MMA’s women’s only classes are every Tuesday and Thursday night from 7:30pm to 8:30pm. We hope to see you on the mats!
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