Petter’s first BJJ tournament (and first two BJJ tournament losses)
Waited wayyyyy too long to compete—I’ve been doing BJJ for about four years, but never once competed. This was dumb, because it’s retarded my progress and means that I haven’t worked certain attributes of my game (initiative, aggression, winning, that sort of thing). Still, I figured late is better than never, and I tell ye sooth, just preparing for a competition has elevated my game to new heights. (More thoughts in my blog, here.)
Still those heights aren’t very high, so here are two videos of me losing at the CBJJF BC Open, in the medium heavy bracket (too high for me, but I didn’t think my first tournament ever, registered at short notice, was a good time to learn weight cutting), and then in the open weight division. In the medium heavy bracket I was probably the lightest and certainly the weakest. In both, but especially the open (where I was not at a size disadvantage) I was outclassed. Oh well! At least I finally stepped up.
My first match is boring to watch, consisting of (1) lots of circling, (2) lots of me stuck under mount and my opponent unable to finish, and (3) a loss on points.
My second match was a lot more active and ends with a sub. Exciting!
The team did well, though. Somebody made a highlights reel. They also had a better camera.
Afterwards great celebrations were had at a Brazilian steakhouse. I ate enormous quantities of food, got food poisoning, and couldn’t train for the rest of the week. Good times were had by all.