Masters International Championships – Europe 2017

As most of my readers know I’m currently a master 2 athlete (late 30’s) and this means that I very rarely get the chance to compete in my age category. Male readers may wonder why as they can compete at a variety of age groups at any IBJJF competition as well as domestically. But at present for women to compete at anything other than adults or masters 1 there are only three competitions in the world. The Brazilian Masters International, the World Masters and now the European International Masters which was held last week for the first time this year in Barcelona. Obviously this meant my hubby, me and a bunch of friends from across the UK had to set off on an adventure! Continue reading “Masters International Championships – Europe 2017”

Do We Really Need Masters Categories?

UntitledIn BJJ females usually can only compete in BJJ in either adult or masters 1. There are a couple of key exceptions such as the World, European or Brazilian Masters but unlike our male counterparts we often have to drop down age groups or not compete. Now some people (usually those on the cusp of being masters athletes or new masters aged athletes!) argue that there is no point to masters at such an early age. We should just compete with the adults and that some people just go to master’s for small categories and easier medals (yes it’s been said!) So this article covers one simple discussion. Do female masters categories really matter?  Continue reading “Do We Really Need Masters Categories?”

BJJ Globetrotters – Compression Travel Bag

I’ve shared some of my travelling tips in a previous blog including my use of compression bags to help get those gi’s to and from the competition clean, dry and taking up as little of my luggage space as possible! My husband spotted that BJJ Globetrotters have brought out a new travel compression bag for this very purpose and bought us both  one. So it made perfect sense as I was packing for my next BJJ adventure to do a quick review for you! Continue reading “BJJ Globetrotters – Compression Travel Bag”

Improve Your Grappling Every Time You Pee!

I apologise for the slightly clickbait title but I needed something to grab your attention and “things to do that improves your health and grappling during an office toilet break” does not exactly trip off the tongue!

As regular readers know I am far from a full time athlete and my time is precious, so I thought I’d share a quick insight into how me (and my hubby) genuinely do try and squeeze some jiu jitsu friendly activity into literally every little break that we get! Continue reading “Improve Your Grappling Every Time You Pee!”