Posted On:8/03/2012 8:34am
Style: TKD & HKD
So, last Saturday I competed for the first time. Managed to cut down to 212 from about 230. It was my first time cutting, and that was hard enough that I plan on staying under 220 from now on!
I had 5 matches and only won one, but I had a great time overall. None of my teammates/coaches were able to make it, so that definitely added to my nervousness, but I still managed to stay pretty cool after my first match.
After rewatching all the videos multiple times I noticed lots of holes in my game (particularly my wrestling and standup) but I'm happy I competed and at least happy that I didn't get completely smashed and only got tapped once.
BS was the site that really convinced me to get in there and train my ass off. So, here's my chance to show you guys what I can do so far.
1st match ever, beginner no gi - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_sK...5&feature=plcp
That guy was a monster, he ended up winning our nogi division, nogi absolute, and gi. He caught me in a straight arm lock that you can't see at the end. I need to work on popping up after I stuff the shot. My elbow popped twice before I tapped, and that is hurting me this week :okay:
2nd nogi match, absolute - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJoO...4&feature=plcp
His elbow popped A LOT. I couldn't believe he didn't tap the first time I extended.
3rd nogi match, absolute - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJoO...4&feature=plcp
Had a head and arm locked up at the end but couldn't get my left leg out of half guard. My right calf decided to seize up at this point :Baww:
1st gi match - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4LJ...2&feature=plcp
Against the monster from my first nogi match. Was so excited to get the back in the beginning that I forgot what to do with my hands (cue ricky bobby reference). I need to sit up and get grips instead of just sitting on my back when he stands up.
2nd gi match - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k04B...1&feature=plcp
Completely gassed at this point, but was at least trying to go for subs. Was getting crushed on points, but whatever.
Thanks for watching guys, and thank you to everyone who filmed my matches. Being there by myself wasn't easy, but I'm looking forward to competing in a month in Raleigh. I've got a few wrestling sessions scheduled with a coworker who wrestled at State, but any advice/tips you guys can give me would be greatly appreciated!
Posted On:8/03/2012 12:54pm
Ok, so I have no idea how to edit my original post, but I'm the guy in the purple rash guard, and then in the white gi.
Also, my third nogi match is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEIh...3&feature=plcp
The link in the original post is the second one again. Oops.
Posted On:8/10/2012 2:55am
Personally, I dislike it when guys roll without a rashie or compression whatever in no gi, it's kinda like "really...do you really need to rub your nips all over me? Just get a sleeveless one..."
First match: Guy looks like meathead type, not much technique, raw explosive RAWRness.
Firstly, it looked like you did ok against a guy that just wanted to explode out of everything and muscle things around, and not really do much BJJ until the sub, so good work!
Secondly, that dude was stacked, damn. Shame you didn't retain the mount from the first takedown, that was pretty nice, he just force-muscled out of it. Also, where you were nearly out of bounds, you were too nice to stop and it sucks but he took advantage of that and rolled up to side there then you at least caputre the half guard before they reset you guys.
Hopefully I'll have a chance to watch the others later and comment there! A lot to do with it is just that intensity difference, and guys like that. If you've got someone at your gym that can put that intensity on you to practice, that's the best way to become more comfortable with monsters like that!
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