Join Date: May 2006
Location: New York City, New York
I competed at a local tournament, actually on campus at Fresno State, yesterday. I was originally going to referee, because I didn't think they'd have any competition for me, but there were four guys that I could compete with (one who was a little bigger and one who was a little smaller).
I competed with the one who was bigger, who's actually a friend of mine. I've helped him with his game a lot, and he told me before that I was going to beat him, but I wanted him to really practice doing some of the stuff that he had learned, so I put him in my half guard and tried to work that game (as I wanted to see how it's been coming along).
I took his back with a standard sit-up and throw move (also known as the "sit-out" more) from the half-guard but he got his back on the floor before I sunk in the hooks, so I ended up in mount.
He snuck an arm out under my leg as I was getting the points and tried to go for the sweep, but I sunk in the triangle and he finished.
The other guy in the finals was the smaller guy in the competition, and after watching his match I thought that the guy I had gone with the first time was probably a lot better than him, and he was.
I put him in my guard, attempted a pendulum sweep, but he yanked his arms out and posted, so I took the back. I got the points, then he tried to scramble, and I just rolled around to let him put me back in his guard.
He did a good job keeping his elbows in and doing the home alone, so I couldn't get the choke.
I swept him to mount, but he did the same arm under the leg in before I could get the points and I locked on the triangle. He defended the triangle by hiding the arm under my leg, so I finished with the textbook omoplata.
There were two of my training partners, who are new to jiu-jitsu that I want to give shout-outs too.
Sean, who's got like 14 years of wrestling experience, absolutely killed his division. He fought for less than a minute in his two matches combined.
And then there's Ralph, who didn't win, but displayed a great triangle in his first too matches and actually broke his first opponent's nose in the triangle, giving him a nice bloody spot right on his crotch. He's also practicing judo and I think his girlfriend is a blackbelt (I mean, I know the girl is a blackbelt, but I think she's his girlfriend... either way, she's hot).
The Royler Gracie seminar is today, so I'll post pictures and a recounting of that later.
Now I'm off to Oakland, with my four hour train ride.
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