Friday, July 13, 2012

Competing Again!

A LOT has happened this year and many things have kept me from competing.  My goal every year is 12 competitions...this year I've been to just 2 so far :(  BUT now things are a little less hectic and I'm going to start training hard, dieting, and competing again.

My next tournament is July 22nd, Grapplers Quest: US Nationals, Morristown, NJ.

Then on August 4th I'll be doing US Grappling: Richmond, Ashland, VA.

My coach, Dave Trader, is going to start competing again too.  I'm super excited about this!  Going through the process of opening a school and building your program takes a lot of time and energy.  You have to focus all of your efforts on your new students, which doesn't leave you very much time to focus on yourself.  You leave most, if not all, of your previous training partners when you open your own academy, making it hard to train at a level that will allow you to be competitive in competition.

Now things are going well and Dave has the time to visit and train with his instructor, Leo Dalla, and train with other upper belts to help him prepare himself for competition.  Dave's next tournament will be the IBJJF World Championship: Master and Seniors, in Long Beach, CA on October 7th and I can't wait! 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Kids Martial Arts Summer Camps

Manassas MMA (my BJJ school)  is offering summer camps in MMA, BJJ, Judo, Boxing!

If you know anyone in the Manassas, VA area who has a child/children ages 6 to 13 - please let them know about our Martial Arts Summer Camps. These camps are open to anyone - no prior martial arts experience is required - and are a great opportunity to introduce a child to the benefits of martial arts training!

If you are an experienced BJJ competitor, we are also offering a Competition Training Camp for anyone looking to take their game to the next level!  

For more info about camps call 703-594-6220, email us at, or visit our website at!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Day 1 - Grapplers Quest: Beast of the East 2012

Normally I compete  in the 140 - 159.9 division at Grapplers Quest, but lately I've been walking around between 150 and 155 so about 5 days before the tournament I decided I wanted to try to cut down a weight class.  I started dieting and lost about 6 lbs in 4 days.  I was down to 146.5 when I got to my hotel and decided to sweat out the last few pounds. This started out well, I dropped 3 lbs in the first hour.  I thought to myself this will be a piece of cake! but it wasn't.  The following hour and a half  I only lost 1 pound and was down to 142.5, but time was up and I needed to weigh-in.  I was sooo depressed - all that hard work for nothing.  Now not only did I feel like crap but I still had to go with the heavier girls :(((  

I didn't think it would matter that much because I was used to fighting in that weight class, but I definitely felt it today.  I lost my first match and felt like puking afterwards.  I felt weak and out of breath the entire match. Not only did I physically feel bad, but I felt like my jiu-jitsu wasn't up to par either.  I was having a lot of trouble gripping and controlling my opponent with out the help of the gi.  This really made me realize that if I am going to compete no-gi I need to start training no-gi.

2nd Place
My absolute division went a little better.  I won my first match 20-0.  I completely controlled positioning but was unable to finish any submissions.  I tried for the d'arce choke and the rear naked choke but couldn't finish either one (I did get 2 advantage points though).  My second match was the finals match and it was against the same girl I fought in my weight class.  She took me down and scored 2, but then I swept her with a really nice hook sweep and scored my 2.  I tried passing the guard but couldn't figure out a good way to control her body and she closed her guard on me and eventually guillotined me.  

I ended up taking 2nd place in both my weight class and the absolute women's advanced no-gi divisions, but I am definitely not satisfied unless I win gold.  I am very confident in my gi game, and I am extremely motivated to go out there tomorrow and win my gi divisions.  And when I get back home I plan on continuing my diet, starting conditioning, and starting no-gi training.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Trials - NYC

Below is a link to a write up my Manassas MMA did about my trip to the trials!

"Michelle Welti of Team Dave Trader Jiu-Jitsu traveled to New York City this past weekend to compete in the Abu Dhabi World Pro Trials. The trials are held each year in different cities all around the world, with the winners taking home an all expense paid trip to Abu Dhabi to compete in the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championships. Prizes go to the winner of each weight class at Brown/Black Belt, and the winner of the Absolute (open weight class) at Purple, Blue, and White Belt."
Click here to continue reading!

Here are a few picture from the tournament:

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

JGA 2012 Season Opener - DTJJ Kids Results

"Congratulations to the Dave Trader Jiu-Jitsu Kids team! The team brought 6 competitors to the Junior Grappling Association’s 2012 Season Opener today and came home with 13 medals and 2 trophies! Abby fought in 4 divisions today and brought home 4 medals and 2 trophies!  Abby placed 1st in the female gi absolute* division, 2nd in the mixed gender [.....]"  

Click here to read the entire article on!

Friday, February 10, 2012

DTJJ's 2nd Female Competitor

Last spring a man and his teenage daughter came through the doors of the gym. They were both pretty into UFC and he wanted to get his daughter into one of our programs. She said she wanted to try Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which made me very happy because I had been trying to start a women's program, and you can't really do that with just one girl. She was a tennis player, and seemed pretty girly. This worried me, but only a little. I was afraid all the close contact of sweaty people would gross her out and she would want to switch to Muay Thai or something. Luckily for me she loved class and decided to join.

Her competitive attitude got her itching to compete right away and in turn motivated her to train harder. Now, a little over 9 months later, she will be competing in her first tournament.

Good luck this Saturday Liza, I know you will do Team DTJJ proud!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


This one is directed mostly towards the guys...

Just because you see a few tears stream down my face doesn't mean that I am hurt, or something awful happened to me.  There is a difference between how girls and guys react to certain things, for example frustration.  I'm sure I am not the only girl out there that sheds a few tears when she gets extremely frustrated.

I am under a lot of stress right now in my life and training is my time to just forget about everything.  I leave everything behind when I step on the mats, and for the next 2 hours I am as happy as can be.  The exception is when I start getting frustrated with something.  Maybe the same person keeps catching me with the same move over and over, or I just can't quite get my body to move in the right way.  If I allow these minor things to get to me my happy bubble feels like it bursts and all of my stressful emotions start flooding in.  Next thing I know my face is getting warm and my eyes start to swell up with tears.  I try so hard no to let them fall, but the moment someone says, "Hey, are you okay?", they start pouring out.  I hate it, but when I am stressed out and then get frustrated that's just how my body reacts.

So please don't ask me if everything is okay, or if there is anything you can do to help.  You can help by not saying anything and letting me regain my composure. W85W6PT2M28V