Ana Yagües BJJ

Topic: BJJ experiences

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The Comeback

I started this blog when I got pregnant for first time 4 years ago. My aim was to find a way to live BJJ outside the mat during the last months of pregnancy and to share my experience with other BJJ practitioners, specially women who were also pregnant or intend to have a family one day and were skeptical about the compatibility of being a mother and a BJJ fighter. I wanted to show that it was perfectly possible since I was going to do it!


Since then, I am proud to have not only reach my goal of combining both: motherhood and BJJ, but also have helped a lot of women who addressed me for advice. And I even got so confident with myself  in this multitasking role that I dare to have a second child!


Only in the last month, 4 BJJ female practitioners that I know directly (or indirectly through friends) got pregnant and contacted me. It is simple statistics, with BJJ growing up exponentially, every day there are more women practicing this sport which means more women getting pregnant  and having doubts about how to deal with training during pregnancy and what it is even more important (since pregnancy doesn't last forever) what it comes afterward, when pregnancy is over and baby is here... 

How soon after giving birth can you go back to the gym? how long do you need to be able to fight again? Which kind of exercises do you start with? what about a diet to get back into shape?... They are only some of the many questions that go through every pregnant women's mind, and many of them ended in my mailbox.  BJJ is growing up, there is not doubt about it,  but it is still a rather unknown sport. Most of the doctors and midwifes have never heard of it before and are very, really very, reluctant about it. Mostly they just forbid you to train during pregnancy and don't  let you start at least 3-4 months after delivery, if at all.

So women get frustrated and either they accept it  and stop doing BJJ or they end up looking for advice from other women who may have already experienced all this situation before. Like me.

So this article will be like a diary of how I did AFTER this second pregnancy (there are already enough articles in this blog about what to do DURING the pregnancy)

I will write as detailed as possible, step-by-step, what I did from the day my second babygirl Anais was born until the first competition I get to fight. Instead of writing different articles on the matter, I will update this article every couple of days/weeks, so that in the future it is easier for women looking for advice to find the answers they are looking for in a long but single detailled article.


I hope you enjoy it and find it useful!


5 sweet sour Reasons to keep training

27th week of my second pregnancy, 13 more to go... and keep training! Though every day there are less things that I can do, though it is frustrating to not being able to close properly a triangle any more and to have to support on the knees to do push-ups, though I had to deal with people's well-intentioned but boring advices about stopping training on a daily basis.... I don't give up. Not yet, soon enough, but not yet.

Why? These are some of the reasons:


A pregnant view of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Being pregnant is a wonderful thing, a beautiful experience that every women should have at least once in her life. It is an amazing period of life which comes with lots of excitement and incredible feelings. Being pregnant is also a pain in the ass. If for a common women the truth is that being pregnant is a wonderful and difficult experience all at the same time, try to imagine what it means for a BJJ fighter (actually any kind of fighter)




Thanks.. because I wouldn't make it alone

I am always talking about how is possible to combine motherhood with BJJ training and being a competitor. I often mention it is a matter of setting priorities in your life, organizing your time and enjoying everything you do.
I also repeat every time that it is a hard task to do but that it is possible, that I am neither a super women (see my last blog entry) nor a single case. There are many other BJJ mums like Talita Nogueira or Angelica Galvao, just to give you an example of great BJJ female fighters which are also mums.
But what I don´t mention so often and they deserve some praise and recognition too are: the people behind the scenes. Without those people who support and help me wherever and whenever they can, being a BJJ-competitor-full time working-mum would be nearly impossible.


Superwomen? - They don't exist

Putting on the coat and the gloves while shutting down the computer at work, taking breakfast in the train on my way to work or answering e-mails while walking to the academy (this requires peripheral vision and quick reflex in order to dogge people and objets while typing on the iPhone), are some of the details that make work the kind of life I chose to live. Saving time from everywhere.


Many people ask me how I manage to do all what I do. So first, what do I do? I work as physicist at the University, I train and compete in BJJ, I help my husband running a BJJ academy and I am a good wife and even better mum (or I think so)


Well, as I have clearly said in other occasions, it is a matter of 1) setting priorities, 2) organizing yourself and 3) loving what you do. There is not such a thing like superpowers ;)

Yes, easier said that done... this little article is not about the theory, it is about practice and how I organized my life to get it. 




BJJ Baby Boom - Marķa & Gina on Interview


It has been a very long time since I last wrote in this blog. Being a worker, mum, BJJ fighter and competitor is not easy. It is not easy and nobody claimed it was. It requires sacrifice, good organizing skills and very important, a supporting family or team (even better, both!). At the end, it all comes down to priorities. When you learn to set your own priorities, you can take back control of your life



Submit'er Challenge, Berlin'11

And here I go with a new review. This time about the Submit'er Challenge, the first only-women competition I am aware of, organized by Vanessa Reinsch and Collaborators in Berlin on 22th/23rd October 2011.

As I always said when I write a review, this is my personal opinion in my personal blog, and I always write about the good and the bad things, with the aim to state what it should be kept as well as what it should be changed for coming years. You may agree or not with me, but that is my opinion.



BJJ Ladies Camp - Some words about it

This weekend, 26th-28th August, the BJJ Ladies Camp, organized by Yasmin Sewgobind, took place in the Sportvision Gym in Eindhoven and it was an absolute success: 30 female fighters from all ages, belts and weights participated in this event becoming one of the biggest female BJJ events organized so far.

Girls from Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Austria, England, Belgium, Italy and more eat, sleep and train together BJJ and Grappling for two whole days. 




My experience @ Hugging Day V

Hey people, yesterday Samuel, some students from the Sportschule Hamburg and myself competed in Bremen in the fifth edition of the Hugging Day. This competition is particularly interesting because of its rules, which get to the core of the BJJ essence: you can win only by submission. There is not points and there is not time limit. A fight can only end if a fighter gives up (or get injured). Interesting, isn't it?

Samuel and I showed up in partner look, wearing our new rashguards and shorts sponsored by GiDirekt. It was a great and successful day, about which I would like to talk you about. So, this is not a review of the competition, it is just a short account about my own experience at this competition.



My experience @ IBJJF Euros'11

Fifth day

YO SOY ESPAÑOL, ESPAÑOL, ESPAÑOL!!!!   was the only thing you could hear during a couple of minutes in the sport hall Casal Vistoso in Lisbon, Portugal. They were the spanish figthers of the purple belt division, celebrating the victory: Europa Team Champions 2011. For reaching the highest place of the podium, the spanish team had to beat UK in the quarterfinals, Sweden in the semifinals and Finnland in the final match... and Samuel was the champion of the day...

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