The first Jiu-Jitsu tournament where I competed against people from outside my own school was the 2010 Cornhusker State Games. I won two and lost two that day, and the woman who beat me (and everyone else) in both gi and no gi was Becky Phillips. It was obvious to everyone that she was a force to be reckoned with.
On Saturday, she competed in the IBJJF World No-Gi Championship in Long Beach, CA, and she won silver in the women’s blue belt medium-heavy division! I didn’t get to see any of the matches, so I don’t know how they went, but I think it’s fantastic that a woman from our area placed so well. There were at least four women in her division, so I know she had to work for it! She’s from Omaha, and is a member of Team Rodrigo Vaghi.
I guess I don’t have to feel so bad anymore about her submitting me with two armbars at the State Games that year! I sometimes wonder about all the different women I’ve seen at tournaments, whether they are still competing, or even training anymore. It’s nice to hear that not only is Becky still doing it, but she’s doing well. She’s a fun, cool chick with killer tattoos, who will tap you out and then give you a hug. I wish her continued success on her journey.