Sophia McDermott Drysdale

Celebrating Giselle Villasenor photography

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A couple of weeks ago I taught a series of seminars in Chicago. I was blessed to have Giselle Villasenor photograph of my events at Serafin Jiu Jitsu Academy. Her works shows her passion for BJJ and photography. She has a skill for capturing the moment, whether it be teaching, competing or learning.

I love that more entrepreneurial women are sharing their skills in BJJ, whether it be as a professor, a referee, a photographer etc and shining. All of us women have something offer in this community an the more we showcase our skills and shine, collectively the more amazing this will BJJ community will be and the more we will thrive. #empoweredwomen #shinetogether .

Self Love, The framework for your life.

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Gizelle Villa Photography

The way you feel about your self, your self worth, and self acceptance sets the framework for what comes into your life. We live in a sea of opportunities and infinite possibilities and how you feel determines what you’ll attract into your life. What you feel, you’ll attract. What you focus on expands. It all starts with you. Operate out of integrity and self love. Amazing things start happening.

Athleta womens self defense workshop, Saturday July 20

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I am super excited to be doing another women’s self defense workshop with Athleta. The event will be held closer to Athleta’s Henderson location at Dragon’s gym in LV. I will be focusing on techniques standing up and both on the ground to defend against an attacker. My speciality is ground work - what happens when you are already flat on your back. It is probably the most import because it is the hardest to get away from, yet it is the most overlooked. For all the ladies who missed my 1st workshops with Athleta in May, Come along to this one this Saturday July 20. Bring your sisters, mothers, friends and co workers. Let’s spread the word and collectively empower ourselves as women!

Its free, but register to save your spot!

Athleta women's self defense workshop at Redemption

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Last weekend I taught a women’s self defense workshop with Athleta at Redemption in Summerlin LV. I was so happy to see so many amazing ladies come to learn to further empower themselves. I taught a few techniques starting up and on the ground. I also covered a few basic physiologic aspects such as awareness and standing your ground.

Thank you Athleta for putting on this event and thank you for the gear! I love their clothing, but more importantly, I love what Athleta stands for. They strive to empower women and girls through fitness.

I love my Athleta marble set!

I love my Athleta marble set!

For those who missed it I am hosting my FightingFIT 6 week self defense/fitness course which starts on Monday June 17!. The course is more extensive and includes a SophiaFIT full body workout to get you fit and strong, toned and lean.

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Jiu Jitsu World Mag - How to avoid chronic dehydration in athletes

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Check out my latest article published in Jiu Jitsu World Mag. Here i discuss why so many of us BJJ athletes are susceptible to chronic dehydration and signs to look out for. Chronic dehydration affects everything, from your digestion, to recovery and performance. Also your pain management, all to do with inflammation. Did you know that as little as 1-2% of your body weight in water loss has serious negative implications on your performances and well being?

Read this article to check if you are dehydrated, how it happens and ways to fix it.

5 Fundamentals of strength training - Jiu Jitsu World Mag

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Check out my article just published in Jiu Jitsu World Mag that explains the 5 basic fundamentals for strength training for all those who are starting out in the gym who want to supplement their training to be fitter and stronger for BJJ.  The focus is to maintain a balanced body and to focus on movement patterns that are best suited for performance athletes. Don’t get confused in the gym by all the equipment and fancy exercises that you see on IG. Keep it simple, yet effective an follow this as as a guideline.

WLC article, The benefits of body weight training

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Chck out my article just published on Whole Life Challenge. Here I list the most effective body weight exercises performed with focused attention and the benefits such as increased mobility and reduced risk of injury.

I guide you through an effective workout and recommend the best exercises to get the job done to keep you fit, strong and mobile.

Jiu Jitsu World Mag - strength training fundamentals

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Keep your eyes open for for my next article to be published in Jiu-Jitsu World Magazine all about the five fundamentals of strength training. This article is a great guide for those who want to add some supplemental training to their BJJ training to increase their performance but who have limited knowledge on how best to train for performance.

Even though we might know what do to on the mats, it doesn’t mean wi=e know what do to in the gym. It can be daunting since there are so many different ways you can train depending on what your goals are, not to mention how to use all the machines and equipment. In this article I break it down and keep things simple and stick to the 5 fundamentals of training. Stay tuned.