Of all my teammates from Lincoln BJJ Center who competed in the IBJJF Chicago Open this past weekend, the smallest one earned the biggest medal! Sara took gold in her light feather weight gi division! I would like to think that all of the times she has submitted me over the past five years helped lead to her victory, but I’ve always known that Sara was talented, and she won both of her matches by submission (armbar and kimura), against people who outranked her.
Henry won bronze in gi, and Conan got two golds, in his gi division, and in absolute, but unfortunately his reputation must have preceded him, because he won by default, since his opponent didn’t show up. I think Greg and Henry are the only ones who competed in no-gi, and they both took bronze.
From what I’ve heard, most of the matches that Lincoln BJJ team members won were by submission, and the ones they lost were on points, so that’s cool! I’m sure it was a great experience for all of the people involved, and I know they faced some tough competition (well, except for Conan, but he was prepared to, so it really sucks that he didn’t even get to compete). I’m proud of each of my teammates, and The Professor, for challenging themselves, and they’re all winners to me!
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” -Theodore Roosevelt