Hi, I'm Griffin. I've been an avid reader of Bloody Elbow for years but this my first time posting. I took some time off after my last competition at Naga over a year ago. I got smashed in my first match. After the time ran out, I didn't even want to look at the score. It must of been 20-2 or something. It was hard for to me to lose so badly and I was disappointed that my performance was so weak because I know I could have done better. Here's the match that got me take some time off and re-access my game.
He would at least go on win the division which was stacked with almost 20 competitors but that didn't make me feel better. I also felt that my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu had hit a plateau. I was forcing things way too much and not using any finesse. I took several months off after that loss and when I came back to training, I felt refreshed. And for the first time in a long while, I felt like my game was improving again. I was waiting for opportunities to present themselves rather than trying to force them like before. I competed for the first time in over a year, this past weekend at Copa. I had a lot of self doubt and nervousness the night before but once my first match started, I felt comfortable.
This was at Intermediate Featherweight. There were only 5 guys in my division so I only had 2 matches but it was so nice to finally get back out on the mats. I forgot how much I love competing. I'm going to compete as much as I can afford to this Summer. I'll post my matches win or lose and keep you guys updated on my training. Thank you so much for reading. :)