Back to it!

23 May

BJJ training comeback success!

After a couple of weeks off the mat with a sore back and hip joint, I tested things out in Tuesday’s FAFC class and happily headed home with no soreness, bar the niggling hip.

Still pumped, I went to the new Australian Elite Team headquarters to train on Wednesday night – still under construction, the mat space is going to be HUGE when it’s done (new mats on order).


Something I’m disappointed about though (and I know leasing a space means this is not entirely in AET’s control) is the lack of showers – for both sexes, let alone a female change room.

There is one bag storage/change area with a window, so it’s not really a space to full on change in.. and there is one – ONE toilet. To be shared by everyone.

I never realised what a luxury even having a female change room and shower was, until I read Jiu Jiu’s blog post on the subject.

I have no idea what to expect now when I move to the UK, I suppose it will depend on the BJJ club.. but the thought of having to head home from training on the tube without having had a shower ain’t too appealing!

There was a black belt grading tonight which I wasn’t able to attend, but I snagged this team pic off Facebook anyway – such an awesome, inspiring (albeit smelly) Jiu Jitsu family they are!


And a final highlight of the week – my patches arrived!


Custom Patches Online did a terrific job with some detailed (for a patch) artwork, my idea with these is to give them to BJJ people I meet on my travels. If some make their way onto bags – or even gis that would be pretty cool. =)

12 Responses to “Back to it!”

  1. rionm2013 May 23, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    Welcome to the UK, hope the rain doesn’t put you off.

  2. DFM2099 May 23, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

    Looks like a great place to train, lots of mat space.

    -JiuJitsu Journal

    • gypsy girl May 24, 2013 at 1:14 am #

      Yeah not sure how true it is, but coach reckons it will be the biggest BJJ mat space at any club in Australia.

      It’s a big concrete warehouse though, so a bit cold at night when you’re not rolling!

  3. The Lazy Grappler May 26, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

    Where abouts in the UK are you heading?

    That patch is brilliant by the way.

    • gypsy girl May 27, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

      Doing the oh-so-typical Aussie thing and starting in and around London – will happily move for work though so leaving it up to the universe a bit (lot). =)

      • The Lazy Grappler May 27, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

        You’ve got tons of BJJ opportunites in and around London then. So that’s great. I’m sure you’ll find a club that’s perfect.

  4. Jiu Jiu May 28, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    Come visit me in Seoul!!

    • gypsy girl May 30, 2013 at 12:42 am #

      Totally will! Probably not soon but down the track =)

  5. jennifer olivares June 19, 2014 at 6:33 pm #

    Love the patch would love one for my gi 🙂

    • gypsy girl June 22, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

      Very happy to post you one if you like 🙂 drop me a msg @gypsygirlingi

  6. Valentina November 7, 2016 at 2:07 pm #

    Can you doing again Bjj Travel woman pachtes?

    • gypsy girl November 13, 2016 at 9:44 pm #

      I still have some if you’d like one? 🙂

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