I was looking forward to report on a tournament this month, yet the one in September got cancelled. Fortunately, I was informed about another local one that I’m preparing for which takes place on October 8th. I’ll be competing as a purple belt for the first time and am excited for the challenge as usual. As always, I’m hoping for at least two matches and submissions in regulation time. I’ve been working various leg lock submissions since receiving my new belt. Some of them were illegal techniques at blue belt and I didn’t want to make them one of my “go to” moves. I get into a habit very easily, so I decided to start focusing on them as a purple belt when they were legal to perform them in a tournament.
I now feel back on track with my original stride in terms of competing. My competition goals started later than my other fitness goals this year due to an injury. One of my flexibility goals this year was to be able to do a double lotus without using my hands. This movement is not only improving, but it is helping me with several positions in jiu jitsu. I put in more stretch time than I ever have before I started jiu jitsu. It’s great to have and achieve goals, yet it’s even better when they help you improve in your sport, keep your body feeling better, and calm your mind. With all of the training and my body literally being twisted in different directions, staying flexible allows me to stay pliable and feel healthy.
Depending on the class, jiu jitsu can sometimes be like a cardio or strength training session. On my own time I make certain I train my strength and conditioning that is geared towards my competitions. The next tournament is submission only matches for ten-minutes with possible overtime. In order to prepare for this tournament I have been completing a ten-minute conditioning circuit three times that works my strength and cardio.
I can’t emphasize enough how important BetaTOR and HMB have been to my training and competing over the years. The supplements help me to train and compete at my highest capacity. Now, more than ever, I make certain I have proper recovery from my training. The training is only a small portion of the whole picture. Besides proper sleep and rest, I include meditation, regular chiropractic adjustments, massage, and stretching.
I’ll be looking to compete at least one more time this year. On another note, I’m looking to do a photo shoot either at the end of this year or early next year to update my website, etc. I recently completed a new 5 Fave video for shoulders so check it out! Happy training!
- Jennifer Dietrick, IFBB Pro/Martial Artist