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I competed for the first time yesterday.

I had my first grappling tournament yesterday and ended up doing a lot better than i expected. I didn't really haven any expectations other than to try my best, and that mentality paid off it seems. The tournament was a nogi tourney using IBJJF rules, but it seemed kinda strung together at the last moment. It wasn't really a big deal since it was a free tournament but it messed with a few of my teammate's day up for them.

The flyer for the tournament said that weigh-ins/check in was at 9:00 AM and we were there on time. There were sport Karate and Kickboxing tournaments going on at the same time so there were a lot of people checking in. Unfortunately the people running the BJJ were late and didn't show up for almost an hour. One of the guys on my team had cut 12 lbs that morning to compete at 179 so we didn't have 3 guys in one weight class. Since the people that were going to weigh us in were late the promoter came and said we were going to not weigh in and go off the "honor system." My teammate that cut that weigh got extra screw when they threw out the weight classes and belts and just went with pretty much 180+ which got him bumped up from 179. I'm glad I didn't cut any weight because you could tell he was affected when he ended up rolling with some 190lb guy. He lost 4-4 off of an advantage point.

This was the first competition I have entered since I wrestled in grade school. I believe I was 9 when Iast stepped on a mat. I have been training at my current place for around 3 months or so. It's a Cesar Gracie affiliate in Manteca, CA. I had done Judo for around 2 years and was a green belt, but never competed because I wasn't super serious about it and didn't have the means to travel to the Bay Area every weekend. My first match this weekend I got a takedown, side control, ended up passing to mount. I was working for an Americana from mount but was doing it wrong, so I had to abandon it. I moved into S-mount and ended up getting an armbar. I never nail those in practice so it felt good to submit someone for once, especially in my first match.

My 2nd match I went up against a blue belt from 10th planet and he almost ended the match quickly. He pulled guard and I lifted his feet up and tried to pass. I made a mistake that I always make and tried to hold him in reverse scarf hold but left my head up. He just threw my head between his legs and locked in an inverted triangle that had me in trouble. Luckily for me, my coach has caught me in those all the time and we had went over the defense earlier in the week. I was caught for a couple minutes and finally worked my way out and passed to side control. I had worked to half guard and was working on passing but my opponent was wearing Aoki pants and he was not letting go of the lockdown. I ended up winning 3-0.

My final match I pulled guard on this long lanky wrestler and hit a pendulum sweep but I should have been faster. I wasn't able to get into mount and ended up in half guard. I tried to get to side mount but my opponent somehow got on his knees shooting a single on me. He stuck his head up and I got a guillotine from front headlock but it was more with my wrist and I switched to a anaconda. When I tried to roll he based out and I got stuck underneath him. I started getting worked and ended up losing 0-14 because I rolled to turtle up a few times trying to make something happen. He was better than me yesterday apparently.

All in all I feel like i got in a streetfight today, but it was worth it. I got a little silver medal and my teammates ended up doing pretty good considering the school has only been around for 6 months or so. I'm gonna start hitting up as many tournaments as I can find and start shoring up the holes in my game I find everyday in the gym.

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