Since my last blog post i have been on the road non stop!

I am happy to report a few things….

At the NY Open the USA Women’s team took the gold medal, beating Cuba in the final! It was an exciting event to say the least and i was so happy to represent the NYAC and do my part to take home the win!

 

Check out this awesome shot from Fighters Plus of my winning arm bar!

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Here is team USA with the trophy!!!
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After the competition the NYAC hosts a dinner with the competitors! Pictured here is me, French World Champion Clarisse Abegnegnou and NYAC member Hana Carmichael. (ignore the judo tape on my knee, it comes with the territory 😉11081459_10205600977796262_3976746992242595912_n

After the NY Open i began preparing for the Pan Am Championships where i would defend my 2014 Gold. I was so happy to return and capture gold, winning 3 matches by arm bar, including an arm bar win against the tough Brazilian Rafaela Sylva in the final 2 years in a row 🙂

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After Pan Ams it was straight to Croatia for the Grand Prix.Back to back tournaments are always hard but i managed to ride the momentum from the week before and make it all the way to the final! Unfortunately i was taken by the strong young British player near the end of the fight. I was winning the match by 3 shidos when she caught me with a huge O-uchi gari with less than a minute left on the clock. It was a lesson for me about staying focused every second of the way!

I manage to get one arm bar win in the event in the semi final.I dont look happy in the podium photo….but that is expected when you expect more of yourself….

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But i managed to snag some crucial Olympic qualifying points at both tournaments.

And with the high’s come the lows, my last competition was the world masters in Morocco where i lost in the first round. The top 16 invite only event has been my nemesis for the last 4 years, and i have never made it out the first round.I fell to the strong young French player by a shido in over time. It losses like this one that keep me motivated and focused more than ever!

I finished up my second to last semester of grad school a couple weeks ago and am happy to report that i got all A’s! Now i  have only judo to focus on for the rest of the summer. I am planning to graduate in December, so the ‘homework struggle’ isn’t over yet!

Next up for me is the Hungary Grand Prix in two weeks time. Im training hard and staying focused for the busy road ahead!

Thank you to everyone who has supported me on this journey! I am giving it my all!

XOXO,

Marti