This tournament was my biggest win so far in my grappling career. This is for a number of reasons. First, I won both of my divisions in the expert skill bracket. Second in my no gi division I beat two people who have victories over me in a competiton setting. Lastly, I was able to work a game plan in my matches that I had been planning out for a while. Not only was this a good competition for me, but as a team black tie BJJ dominated. We won Gi and No gi adult divisions as a team (points awarded by number of medals) and the kids placed second overall missing first place by a hairline margin of 10 points or one bronze medal. It was super rewarding as a coach to see my students actually winning and executing on the techniques we have been praticing and drilling.
No Gi Match #1
No Gi Finals Match
Another person who has beaten me before, it was also in no Gi. Going into this match I felt like my opponent thought he was going to win. I ended up putting a pace on him that he wasnt expecting and scored some points early in the match. As the match went on I was getting exhausted, but I didn’t let it show and continued to give my opponent problems that made it super difficult for him to advance and score. This match solidified for me that I am able to compete at this level and win.