One of my 2014 resolutions has been notched up or at least added to, I wanted to compete as much as possible, while that didn’t start off well(I didn’t enter the No-Gi tournament in April) I entered my first tournament for 2014 on the weekend.
this is my third bjj tournament, going into this one I had a pretty specific goal, I wanted to perform a berimbolo, I get that a berimbolo is not street applicable and that I cant use it for self defense blah blah
but I really wanted to use this technique in a competition, why ? because this move to me is what I love about sport Jiu Jitsu, its the TKD jumping spinning kick off Jiu Jitsu, flashy yet if it lands it can be devastating!
Competing in Jiu Jitsu for me, is about testing your training and technique, perhaps the truest test of its applicability and I felt I came away from this tournament tested, in a few different ways.
My first roll, I got tapped out quickly, I pretty much didn’t even see it coming, I learnt that things can go from good to bad quickly! being able to recognize danger is something you need to have.
My second roll was when I got the berimbolo, I learnt that the berimbolo works for me, I can use it(which is what I wanted to find out), it has given me the motivation to focus on this and related techniques, but with the lesson from the first roll as a reminder that if I only focus on the berimbolo I may never get the chance to actually do one.
My third roll taught me that there are two people that can beat you, your opponent and yourself, not that I am implying I could have won that roll, not at all! but it helped me understand some things that my instructor and higher belts have said to me. expecting an outcome is a good way to ensure it.
The competition was really good, like the two other times I have been at a bjj4life tournament everyone is really friendly there is no intense rivalries going on, it is a great atmosphere to compete in, everyone did really well, some highlights for me where.
Tristan’s omaplata submission
the berimbolos I think I saw 2 others but lots of de la riva and open guard which was good, more exciting imho than closed guard.
some of the Judo throws were pretty spectacular!
DQ for knee reaping!
It also seemed to run pretty much on-time, with the variable of match length anyway.
Everyone rolled great and all done in a friendly atmosphere, I will definitely enter the next competition put on by bjj4life.
I didn’t get to take any photos at this one, because I figured it would be too much of a hassle to have my camera with me, luckily a lot of the rolls were filmed.
I didn’t see any major injuries which was good, although there was some tweaked legs and necks that I hope are not too sore.