Jul 18, 2012

Lachie and I

Last weekend was a very BJJ packed and an extremely special weekend. Firstly, my boyfriend Lachie received his black belt at the Renegade competition.The next day my amazing team mates Jess Fraser and Tom Parks graded for their purple belts at Maromba. It was such an honour to be a part of both gradings.

Receiving his black belt

I am so proud of Lachie achieving Faixa Preta’ from John Simon. It is such a huge achievement, that as a little blue belt, it’s still hard to conceptualize it. It was an honour to watch him roll 1 minute with every brown and black belt who helped him get to where he is today, before receiving his belt. The ceremony finished off with lots of photos, speeches and a ‘black belt’ cake. It has been 10 years of hard work for Lachie, and I am sure this is just the beginning of a new journey for him. I am so glad I could be a part of this experience.

Lachie’s speech

Too much cake is always a good thing

The next day, saw my team mates being graded by our coach Thiago Stefanutti. Jess and Tom had to do a 2 hour skills ‘exam’, followed by a two hour roll. I have to say, watching Jess put everything she had and fighting every opponent and still smashing people 1 hour 45 minutes into the roll was damn amazing. She has had a great year, winning bronze at Abu Dhabi Pro and silver at the Mundials. Jess is the best training partner I could wish for and a great friend, who keeps me laughing every day. Super proud of both Jess and Tom.

Jess Fraser…so proud!

I also received my first two stripes on my blue belt from Thiago, which I am very proud of. Definitely motivation to work even harder.

Before Lachie’s ceremony, I competed at Renegade Round Robin comp. It took a lot of discipline to play my weakest positions, which I wanted to test out and work during my fights. I had 5 fights, with blue and white belts combined. I have to say, sitting to guard with opponents up to 30-35kg heavier than me, caused some anxiety and took a lot of courage. I got my guard passed only once, by a mistake which I have already fixed, and am slowly gaining confidence to open up my jiu-jitsu game and try new things. I have lots of work to do, but I was happy enough with some components of my performance.

For now, it’s back to training and learning.

Next week will see AGIG Victorian girls all jump in a van and drive to Adelaide to compete at the Synergy Pro competition in Adelaide. But more of that in the next blog… Very, very excited!


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  • Reply Adam Stanecki July 18, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Great post.
    The journey never ends. I’ve been rolling on and off for almost ten years. I still wear a white belt. Grading days are amazing. I’ve learned it’s all about the journey. See you on the mat soon.

    • Reply admin July 19, 2012 at 1:12 am

      See you on the mats! Would love a roll with you and hear some stories from the last 10 years 🙂

  • Reply Jess July 18, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    So when I read this right; you not only competed all Saturday morning but supported your boyfriend and team mates all weekend (9am start on a Sunday and not home before 8pm) before hitting the mats on Monday to train.

    Liv. Huge and heartfelt congrats on your stripes. Your dedication and discipline is second to none.
    You’re an inaspiration both on and off the mats.
    Well done and well deserved.

  • Reply Drew Germaine July 19, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Nice one Liv. It warms my heart to see you and Lach doing so well. He’s been one of my coaches/instructors since I started – and is everything a black belt should be. Almost inspires me to get back on the mats. Keep it up! See you round 🙂

    • Reply admin July 19, 2012 at 1:13 am

      Come back and let’s play! You and Maz should come down and have a roll when you can fit it in. Would love to catch up!

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