Join Date: May 2006
Location: New York City, New York
I meant to post this yesterday, but I forgot.
Anyway, I went to the tournament and did timekeeping for some of the younger kids matches. It was all an in-house tournament for the Rocha Jiu-Jitsu students and the kids that Stephan Goyne (the juniors instructor, and a Mundial silver medalist @ brownbelt) trains in San Francisco.
One of my favorite kids, Mikey, who I've been coaching for two years now, and his older sister, showed up. I didn't tell them I was coming, so they were happy to see me.
Mikey won his division, winning all of his matches by upwards of 16 points (which is ridiculous for a 3 minute match). He went back and forth between the mount and the back a lot, and did a good job controlling the position.
Lauren, his older sister, finished second in her division, beating her first opponent pretty soundly, finishing with a forearm choke from the mount, and then losing her second match 6-5 after giving up her back in the last thirty seconds. Still, she showed a lot of improvement.
I ended up with two matches, in a division of three, which was fine.
Both of the kids were larger than me, but younger. The first was one of Stephan's kids from San Francisco, who does wrestling on the side. We ended up in the clinch and fell in a scramble. I ended up using an underhook to get the back, and then secured an RNC from the back.
I generally don't use the RNC in gi grappling, but it was there. Hopefully I'll have a good pic of that to post later, if the photographer sends it to me. (I choked him out right in front of the photog, and had the choke on for a good fifteen seconds before he tapped, since he had his fingers and chin in the way at first)
Minh, my old training partner (who's about to turn 18 and weighs about 180ish pounds) was also in the division, and beat Marvin (the guy from SF) as well, so we went in the finals.
I jumped guard and tapped Minh with an armbar pretty quickly. He has a tendency to try and pin my biceps, but leaves his elbows out, so I work a high guard and turn my hips over to secure the armbar, then break his grip on the biceps and finish.
Overall a pretty good day. Stephan pointed out that this was the first time I've ever used the RNC in a straight jiu-jitsu match (I usually save it for MMA, where I can use strikes to the face and covering the mouth to distract my opponent while I slip it on) and that made me happy, as its a move I intend to use more in judo, along with lapel chokes.
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