Camp in Mexico was an awesome time to connect and learn

 Demonstrating BJJ techniques with mackenzie Dern. Photo courtesy of Osu.

Demonstrating BJJ techniques with mackenzie Dern. Photo courtesy of Osu.

The Camp in Mexico was a huge success with 45 women on the mat. Ladies from Mexico, other South American countries such as Colombia and the USA attended to enjoy the experience of training with  other women and learning from two black belt World Champs. Mackenzie and I took turns in demonstrating techniques and since this is the 3rd camp we have taught together, we quickly adopted our usual roles of me being the serious mamma bear and Mackenzie being the fun one full of games, laughs and surprises. Tgether we balance each other out. 

 Queens of the mat in Mexico.

Queens of the mat in Mexico.

Lola was also awarded her blue belt which is an awesome achievement considering she has a one year old baby. She is living proof that you can be a new mother but still make time to do the things you love. 

 Lola on receiving her blue belt.... Lots of tears of gratitude.

Lola on receiving her blue belt.... Lots of tears of gratitude.

When not on the mat we had time to do some sightseeing and enjoy some Mexican food. Mexico is such  a busy place, packed full of action. 

 Out and about in Mexico.

Out and about in Mexico.

After the camp the ladies participated in a tournament where there were over 30 competitors!. This is quite a big deal for a women's only competition and it is a testament to how much this sport has grown and how it has progressed with help of leading ladies such as Itzel Bazua who organised this all. 

For more updates on camps and events in Mexico, check out Itzels' organisation,  Ma'at. She is hosting camps, tournament and bringing other black belts out on a regular basis to help grow the sport in her country.