Competing against Teammates
I competed in my second tournament on Saturday and ended up with a silver medal. There were two other guys from my club in my division, and out of a 24 man bracket, we ended up in the top three spots (white belt 170 - 185 lbs). Our instructor's policy is that we don't compete against our teammates, so we ended up basically flipping for placement. I got silver (turns out, you never lead paper in rock/scissors/paper, but my 10 year old daughter didn't tell me that ahead of time).
I know some of the other schools don't have this practice. Some, like Gracie Barra, have multiple schools and so many students, I don't see how they COULD have this policy. What do you guys think? I don't really have a problem with it and it hasn't been a problem at my club that I'm aware of, but others I've talked to think it's bullshit. Is this a common practice or is my instructor uncommonly conservative?
As an aside, I've got my videos posted. My 12 year old son was my camera guy, so it's a little shaky. I'd appreciate any feedback, good or bad. I know I've got a lot to learn, particularly when it comes to working in someone's closed guard. In match 2, that guy locked me up and I couldn't break his guard open to save my life.
I'm the balding dude who looks tired.