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2014 Pan Pacific Championships, Melbourne

Oct 15, 2014

I had a rather successful weekend. So did Lachie. Between the 2 of us we won 8 golds… (aka. silver bottle openers, butter knives, numchucks, stanley knives or whatever). To top it off Maromba Female Team won the whole thing, which is very exciting seeing we have so many new girls on the scene.

It was a real pity that the entries were so low this year in the purple belt ladies division. There were 3 of us who actually fought, but in the end you fight whoever turns up and that’s what I did.

I had some firm goals for this competition and knew exactly what I wanted to execute each fight. Most of the time I achieved my objectives, however it did leave my jiu jitsu feeling a little scrappy, loose and scrambly. I was still stoked to land a few new things in a competition that I have been working hard in training – a berimbolo, an Otavio Souza sweep from DLR, a 50/50 sweep, a smash pass and taking the back. I also came away with 3 subs.  My whole philosophy was that it didn’t really matter if I lost, as long as I tried new skills and really opened up my game. I saw this comp as a perfect time to test out my game and make mistakes, and go into the 2015 season more confident from every position.

Bitch Face on. Photo by Luke Burnham

Bitch Face on. Photo by Luke Burnham

Mid berimbolo. Photo by Luke Burnham

Mid berimbolo. Photo by Luke Burnham

Setting up a triangle. Photo by Luke Burnham

Setting up a triangle. Photo by Luke Burnham

Fighting a team mate is not easy. I had a ball :) Photo by Apryl eppinger

Fighting a team mate is not easy. I had a ball 🙂 Photo by Apryl eppinger

No gi love. Photo by Luke Burnham

No gi love. Photo by Luke Burnham

no gi

Photo by Luke Burnham

gi podium

Lachie fought amazingly. He cleaned up the black belt division and also ended up with 4 gold medals. I love that he practices what he preaches – and not only was he great at his ‘A’ game, but also tried out a few new things he has been working hard on. I am super proud as always, and want to be a little bit like him when I grow up.

numbchucks

Volverine/Shredder

medals lach and liv

Thiago was an amazing support all weekend and I am at wit’s end to how he still has some voice left. Fighting is a lot easier when you have a person like him behind you.

I am very proud of the white belt ladies from Maromba – especially Tina, Maria and Odette.These girls have worked very hard – from extra drilling sessions to rolling hard and trying to apply new skills in training… I couldn’t be happier for them.

MAromba team

Sharing many moments together with a fellow BOA competitor Kate Wilson.

Sharing many moments together with a fellow BOA competitor Kate Wilson. Photo by Deb Cameron

A 3-day BJJ competition weekend is truly exhausting – both emotionally and physically, but no rest for the wicked. Asian Open is only a month away and mistakes must be fixed before then.

Thanks you to my sponsors MA1 Apparel and Absolute MMA & Conditioning for making these Pan Pacs possible for me.

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7 Comments

  • Reply xguard October 15, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Dat hangry look again!

    • Reply admin October 16, 2014 at 12:48 pm

      I know, right…. and I wasn’t even hangry!

  • Reply Tiffanny Silva-Netto October 16, 2014 at 1:27 am

    Livia, you are truly an inspiration in all you do, I would have liked to come up and say hello, but was too shy. All the best in the Asians !!

    • Reply admin October 16, 2014 at 12:47 pm

      Tiffanny, please say hi next door. I am probably the least intimidating person you will ever meet. If you ever see a bitch face, let me assure you, it is just my natural resting face. Haha. And thanks for the well wishes, can’t wait till Japan!

  • Reply Luke Burnham October 17, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Another cool blog and successful competition Liv & Lachie. Keep pushing u guys 😉

    • Reply admin October 17, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      Thanks Luke. And your son is a star 🙂

  • Reply Jenny November 17, 2014 at 10:24 am

    2014 Pan Pacific Championships was awesome and very attractive. I had enjoyed that Championships competition as well as it was a sound recreation for me. Thanks

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