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LYNNEKLR SparkPoints: (619)
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9/21/13 3:41 P

I know this thread is old... and i'm not a guy... but i am a grappler - been sub wrestling for a couple years, but also have started to learn BJJ recently. I'm still getting used to the gi even though it's been three months already. Not a big fan of the extra heat or friction! I also do some striking - Muay Thai until recently, when i switched over to boxing due to a gym change.

I'm 147 lb, 5'6" now and I'm trying to get down to 135 by the end of the calendar year. In my last NAGA my weight/ experience class had only one other woman in it, but the lighter weight class had several, so I want to cut down. It sucks to pay so much and drive so far and train so long just to have one damn fight. Plus, at 135 i'd be pretty big and strong for my weight, never a bad thing :)

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9/23/12 9:14 P

Years ago I was in TKD and the group I learned from was pretty much full contact. None of that pulling back as if you "could" have done harm. LOL I never competed but we sparred regularly and I learned much from it. For one, size isn't always a factor. I agree that in theory being in the upper area of a weight class seems like an advantage, but it still boils down to how good your opponent is and how well you are doing. Especially if in losing that weight you lose some energy.

My son competed in the Southern California Junior Olympics for TKD and did very well. Again, size didn't play into it all that much, especially in weight. Height had some advantages in keeping the opponent away and it reaching them with kicks, but a good fighter knew to get in close to tall lanky guys to take that advantage away. So the best advantage is being in top shape whatever weight class you are in, and to study ALL the techniques in taking the opponents advantages away.


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8/29/12 12:41 P

First off you should only measure your body fat once a day the same way each time, most people say to do it in the morning before eating and drinking anything. But since they work off of resistance you can manipulate them if you want

The one I got is a hand held one, I picked the Omron HBF-306C Body Fat Analyzer because it is the one I seen at hospitals and colleges. You can get cheaper ones if you want...

Here is a link:

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8/29/12 11:00 A

BMI is a quick way to get a feel for how someone is doing- it isn't total garbage unless we're talking about really super-fit people or pro athletes! Which i am neither.

Gravel- where do yuo find those body fat measurement gizmos? I wouldn't mind trying that out. My scale has a body weight % measurement into it, but it seems wildly inconsistent. i can go from 15% to 21%+ in a day!


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8/25/12 9:15 P

At least you have realized that the BMI charts are a waste, but you can get one of those electric Body fat percentage readers. Just make sure you follow the directions on when to check yourself so you get a constant read. While some people do not think they can give an accurate body fat reading, it can give you a gauge as to how you are doing to make sure you are losing fat and not sacrificing muscle. Good Luck

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8/25/12 5:05 P

Lost my first one to a much more experienced opponent, but I learned a lot. Have another tournament coming up in three week and hopefully I can win at least the first round

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8/25/12 11:13 A

Got it. So, it's better to be stronger in a lower weight class, than weaker in a bigger weight class.

Totally agree about BMI.

How are your fights going? I remember first writing you around the time of your first match or two.

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8/24/12 9:23 A

Hey there, getting to a lower weight class means I'll be stronger than my opponents, or at least on the stronger/bigger end of the range.

I'm 5'8" and woke up at 153.2 this morning. Weight limit is 150.5, but right before we fight so I'd like my weight to be a little lower than that.

BMI wise I'm perfectly fine, but BMI's whole system is complete garbage. I'm probably 5 pounds under where my good weight is right now, but its just so tempting to cut a few more pounds and be on the big end of the weight class, rather than being smaller and weaker than opponents at LW which would be 165, especially if I face a guy who has experience cutting and is coming down from 175.

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8/24/12 9:16 A

As you know, I'm learning a different style (non-grappling), but I'm curious...

What's your motivation for going down a weight class. Does the advantage of going down outweigh the disadvantages of staying a class up?

I'm impressed that you're not going to sacrifice hydration.

Also, how close are you to the low range of BMI? If you're going out of that, you could consult a sports medicine doctor or PT (since they'd be a lot more knowledgeable about competitive athletes).

Either way, I'll be tracking this to learn more.

Edited by: PATTERD707 at: 8/24/2012 (09:23)
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8/23/12 1:46 P

Wondering if there is anyone who used to be a fighter, wrestler, or jiu jitsu like me. Anyone who has dealt with weight classes in the past.

Trying to lose 5-6 more pounds in 3 weeks to make featherweight, pushing my body lower than it may want to be. Any tips on that? Weigh ins for IBJJF are right before (5 min) we compete so sauna/dehydration isn't an option. Got three weeks to get my weight down low enough to have a bit of breakfast and water that day and be weighing no more than 150.5 at that point. was 154.5 this morning

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