I’ve competed in over a dozen different Jiu-Jitsu tournaments, and I’ve been tapped out in numerous ways, but I had not yet experienced what happened at the CSG competition yesterday, when I was essentially submitted by the ref. I don’t know how else to say it, because I was in bottom half-guard defending a kimura attempt that wasn’t working, when the ref decided to tap for me, which I’ve never even heard of happening in an adult match (and I think I’m the only one it happened to yesterday, although there was definitely some other questionable reffing).
Since there was no one in either my or my competitor’s divisions, it was just an “exhibition match” (for which I did pay $45), and I guess because she outweighed me by about fifty pounds, the ref apparently felt as though I was in grave danger and ended it, but I believe he made the wrong decision. According to one of the Judo people (who’ve been running CSG tournaments for over twenty years), when it comes to submissions, adult matches (even the exhibitions) are only stopped for one of three things: a tap (by a competitor), a loss of consciousness, or a medical stoppage, none of which applied to me, so I can’t help but feel a little robbed.
“So while you sit back and wonder why, I got this fucking thorn in my side.” -Beastie Boys