US Open Videos and Afterthoughts
First Match against Pitbull BJJ. I won this match 11-0.
Second and final match against Paragon BJJ. I lost this match 0-0 by advantage.
Afterthoughts: The experience of my first big tournament was better than I had hoped for. It was great to have so many friends and teammates there to cheer me on and give me support. Dave Camarillo and Mike Prudencio were in my corner coaching me at the top of their lungs and although I really wanted to bring home the gold medal for them, I came up a little short.
I’m not beating myself up about getting second though. Remember tournaments are just a game! Neither of my opponents scored a point on me and neither of them were able to submit me. I made some mistakes…even in the match that I won and I have already been working on correcting those mistakes with my coaches. At the end of the day my Jiu Jitsu will have improved from both my win and from my loss.
The thing that stood out the most about my competition experience was the major adrenaline dump I faced during my first match. I trained my butt of physically but nothing really prepared me for the dramatic and sudden fatigue that I felt after only three minutes of competition. It’s amazing how the brain and body just go into overdrive and wreak havoc on you. My body tensed up, I couldn’t think straight, I literally got tunnel vision and six minutes seemed like an eternity. I was physically exhausted after my first match even though in the academy I could do five or six rounds with only one minute rest in between before I felt fatigue like that.
I guess it’s just something you get used to as you compete more, which I look forward to doing. Please feel free to share any competition tips or stories in the comments section. Also, don’t forget the Andre “Negao” Terencio and Hannette Staack seminar this coming Saturday, November 6th, I promise you that you will not be disappointed!
Thanks for reading,