2018 JJIF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS GRATEFUL Is the first word that comes to mind …



Is the first word that comes to mind when I think about the past week. As any other serious competitor, I would have much rather come home with a medal rather than a 5th place and finishing with a 3-2 record.

However, being disappointed would mean that I have regrets. I don't. I knew coming in that certain things weren't in my favor; I was competing in an open weight category when I'm 5kg above the minimum weight and I was injured in a warm-up tournament less than a month ago. No one competes under perfect circumstances.

The one thing I knew is that I gave absolutely everything I had during the last 4 months of preparation for this tournament.

That's really the only thing you can control. You can do everything perfectly and still lose. At least you'll come away with the certainty of having tried your absolute best and not given yourself an excuse to fail beforehand.

I would have loved to add a medal to my wall, but I'll have to learn and grow from the experience instead – this time.

I want to say thank you to all the following people for supporting me:

The Canadian Jiu-jitsu Federation for sending me to the tournament for free.

The Team Canada coaching staff (Marco Costa, Peter Tremblay, Elliott Bayev).

To all my teammates for the absolutely fantastic week (and placing first in team for newaza, 4th overall competing in one of 4 jiujitsu categories)

To my Gym Le Local students for pushing me every day

Team #ONE teammates and coach and mentor Luciano Ucci @teamonejiujitsu

Gus Lamoureux of @Wai_fitness for the fully customized 4 month training plan

@gabiejarry Ph.T, M.Sc. for saving my ankle and teaching me the valuable taping skills I needed 😅

@lafourchetteremplie for saving my life with meals

@Guardplayers for the sweet team Canada Apparel and jiu-jitsu wardrobe


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