We are a week back from the IBJJF Dallas Open and we have all returned to learning instead of the rigorous tournament training. The tournament was a great experience for all of us. I moved up in a weight class and was able fight in the blue belt masters division for the first time. It was my first tournament back since receiving my blue belt 6 months ago. I felt great without having to battle the weight cut, and won my first match by submission. Unfortunately, I was Dq’ed for a knee reap in my second match. I love the single leg x guard, but its a dangerous position when I still am learning and early in my blue. So that was the end of the road for me. I took home 3rd place.
I really liked competing with Jasmine from John’s Gym. That’s the beautiful part of this sport. We try to choke and armbar each other in competition and at the end of the day we hug each other and make plans to hang out and train in the future. There is a huge respect and bond I feel when I am standing across the mat from another female at competition. I know the hard work, the sacrifices, and the challenges she is faced with to prepare for this moment. When the match is over, that respect stays with me as our lives go on and our bjj journey keeps unfolding. No matter how far away we all may live, BJJ makes the world feel not necessarily smaller, but closer. Till me meet again.
World Master IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship November, 1 2014 in Long Beach CA