US Grappling Submission-Only tournament

I competed this weekend at US Grappling’s submission-only tournament, taking a gold medal in my weight division and in the women’s advanced absolute division. Highlight video:


Well, there’s a fair bit of stuff to talk about. First of all, those who delight in physical humour will love this story. During my very first rep of medicine ball smashes for my conditioning circuit last night, I chose my medicine ball poorly and gave myself a fat lip when the ball bounced up […]


I competed in the Copa Ontario tournament this past Saturday and took gold. I won my first match by armbar against Lindsay, one of Omar’s blue belts, in 26 seconds, beating my previous “fastest submission” record by 12 seconds: …and my second match (also by armbar) against my friend Nicole in about 1:50. I hate […]


I spent the afternoon at Body Blitz falling asleep in the body-temperature water and then came home and made sundubu, which my roommate declared to be “really fuckin’ good”. It WAS very tasty…. Weighed in at 151.4. Less than 20 lbs to go.

Fasting day #2

I survived fasting day #2 with no problems. I was okay during my conditioning circuit, so I decided to stick around for a little light rolling afterwards. I performed fine, but when I got home I had a little blood sugar moment. I even had crazy nightmares that involved plane crashes and confusion. I should […]

“Hard week”

In hindsight I feel like I barely worked out at all last week. It was supposed to be a light week for recovery, but the volume was way lower than I am used to. This week, however, is designated as a hard week, with a lot more interval training and conditioning, plus another hour of […]

Last day of first week

Yesterday was my high-carb refeed day. I feel yucky today. This is the last day of my “easy” week, which is good because I just don’t feel like I trained very much last week. Next week is marked “hard’ and it involves a lot more conditioning and longer strength sessions, but with the same diet […]


I got some very exciting news tonight. But I have to wait to share it until it becomes awesomely exciting news. But on to training. Tonight I rolled with Mark, my instructor. Delightful and humiliating, as always. Apparently there are funny pictures of the event. Mark also showed me a cool new wrist lock and […]


Geoff and I did explosive training yesterday, plus some EST (energy system training – I’m learning so many new acronyms!) at the end. I also started reading a book that he gave me on functional strength training. Wow, it’s so much more involved than any other kind of training I’ve read about, and I’m getting […]