“I said you got to work hard, you want to compete. It’s like that, and that’s the way it is.” -Run DMC
After viewing my competition videos from the tournament on Saturday, I performed better than I originally thought! It’s so easy to get caught up in the fact that you lost, and not realize the things you did right, so it was good to be able to go back and watch my matches. I now think I actually controlled my opponent fairly well for the most part, but I made a couple of mistakes in both matches that led to the losses.
When I saw the brackets at the tournament and found out I would be competing against an MMA fighter, Greg and I decided that the best option would be for me to jump guard, which I did in both matches. It was a good game plan (I even worked some spider guard on her!), but it was on the guard jump in the second match that I bruised my tailbone (please don’t tell Amy, my Ethridge Jiu-Jitsu teacher, because she is a Judoka, so she would never let me live it down!).
After losing the first match to a rear-naked choke when I turtled, I tried to be more aggressive in the second match. I attempted an ezekiel choke from guard (but I should’ve went for the loop choke instead!), and then an armbar, but I couldn’t get either of them right, and since she is an experienced fighter, she was hard to submit. Afterward, she complimented me on my grips, and I complimented her strength.
I was pretty spent after the failed armbar attempt in the final match, but I wasn’t out of breath, I was just incredibly weak, and I felt like I couldn’t even move, or grip anything anymore. At that point I kind of gave up, and she mounted me. She wasn’t actually choking me with the arm-triangle, but I tapped because I knew I couldn’t get out, and I wanted to be done. I’m not proud of that, and Greg said we would have to work more on my conditioning (after my butt stops hurting!). He also said he had some good ideas of how we could improve my overall game, which is really the biggest benefit of entering the competition. Win or learn!
I uploaded the team Lincoln BJJ competition matches from the Circle of Iron that I have on video to my YouTube channel, so my teammates can gain the same kind of understanding from watching themselves compete as I did. I’m embedding my own matches below, as well as a highlight of the woman who I competed against, Sarah TNT McLeod, with the “finish of the week” in an MMA fight from a few years ago. I might have lost to her on Saturday, but at least she wasn’t allowed to punch me! ;)