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After my last IFBB competition, I thought I wasn’t going to be competing again until March of 2013 in the Muscle Contest Pro. I’ve been learning Muay Thai now for six months and Jiu Jitsu for three. A few weeks ago I asked my Jiu Jitsu coach when I can compete. He told me in about six months. Then the following week he said I would be competing on January 20th. I was pleasantly surprised to say the least. I love competing as often as I can, so now I won’t have what seems like a long break from it.
By the time I compete, I will have had four months of training and I am excited to have my first competitive experience in Jiu Jitsu. Regardless of the amount of experience, I enjoy getting out there and competing as soon as possible. I realized that is how I’ve always done it with my past competitive sports. Even my first time competing when I was 13 years old began after taking gymnastics classes for about 4-6 months. I agree with my coach that it is good to get out there and get experience competing even with a short amount of time of training experience.
It still amazes me what a difference a year can make. Last year at this time I was contemplating starting a new sport being that the bikini competitions weren’t enough of a challenge for me. I also enjoy training for a skill more than only for aesthetics. Last year I didn’t even know what Jiu Jitsu was. I’ve watched MMA and thought any of the ground game was wrestling. Being from the east coast, wrestling was very popular and Jiu Jitsu was unheard of at that time. I’m so thrilled I get to learn a new discipline and constantly be challenged. I look forward to improving and competing throughout the year.
I’m packing my training gear and HMB for the holidays and getting my Jiu Jitsu on during the Christmas season! Whether I am weight training or practicing martial arts, HMB helps me recover and train consistently throughout my journey. I always love training during the holiday season. The cheery holiday energy along with being off of work makes for great training. I was very happy to reconnect to a friend from Pittston who trains and also teaches Jiu Jitsu. I will be able to visit family and friends along with improving my ground game. Stay tuned for a full report after my Jiu Jitsu competition next month and have a happy holiday training season!