Last Saturday (August 8,2015) I competed in Grappling Industries’ round robin BJJ tournament at Ryerson University. It was literally a last minute decision to come out of retirement. Now that it’s over, I can safely say, “What was I thinking?”
I performed horribly. First off, I had to lose a couple pounds. I signed up for Masters>blue belt>171lbs-190lbs. The last time I competed, I was near the bottom of the weight class. This time I had to lose a bit to make it. Secondly, I hadn’t trained that much. Work, family obligations, and just life had limited the amount to times I could make it to the mats. Thirdly, as I’ve stated several times, I suck at Jiu Jitsu. All those things combined should have made me not even think twice about registering.
First of all, there was a bit of fuckery before I hit the mats. My division got called to mat 3 about an hour before the scheduled time. I wasn’t even in my gi yet. I rushed to put it on and ran to the mat. I was not warmed up at all. I’d been sitting there for 15 min when the organizer came over and said that we would have to wait. Mat 1 was way behind schedule and he was moving matches to mat 3. No problem. I went and started a slow warm up. I’d been warming up for 90 min when I said decided that the schedule was fucked and I’d just relax until my division was given notice. So I lay down and listened to music. About 45 minutes later, a man (who would turn out to be my first opponent), came running up to me and shouted, “What’s your name?” I answered and he replied, “C’mon! We’re up! Let’s go fight!” Again no proper warm up…
I started out ok. I got a good trip and landed in top half. 2 points. He worked his way back to full guard. I dropped for an ankle lock but he blocked and came up on top. 2 points for him. After a scramble, I shot for a double and he tried to guillotine. No dice. I blocked and stepped around his legs. Side control, 3 points. I moved to mount. 4 points. Now it’s 9-2. I held mount for a bit trying to pin an arm. He bumped and rolled. I went for a really shitty arm bar and he came on top. 3 points. He passed, 3 points. We ended up standing again and I went for a modified Tomoe Nage. Didn’t work. There was a scramble and he ended on my back with 1 hook… That’s where it ended 9-8 for me.
What a snooze fest. He held me down and I couldn’t get up.
Even more of a snooze fest. I took his back in the last 30 seconds to squeak ahead. I went for a lapel choke but couldn’t get it.
My specialty. DQ from a leg reap! Whoo hoo!
Match 5: – Tie break
So after all those shitty matches, I was tied for second place. We had a tie break. It was a super boring match. A lot of standup. He finally got a late take down and that’s how it ended. On the plus side, you get to see all my flab flopping around as my gi really comes open.
I ended up 3rd out of 5. What a poor showing Barely any submission attempts. Stuck on my back. Just shitty all around. Does it look like I am almost a purple belt? lol Give me a break, right? Anyways, if you watched all those, sorry.
I had signed up for nogi as well. I was going to pull out but Gregg King convinced me to remain. I really didn’t want to keep embarrassing myself. Luckily there was only 1 other man registered in my divisions. Turns out he got injured and pulled out! Great. No further embarrassment.