Competed in a NAGA tournament this past weekend. Won both divisions (Men’s No Gi Intermediate Heavyweight, Master’s Blue Belt Heavyweight). Videos below (I’m in the black and red rashguard and the black gi):
This was my toughest opponent of the day. He also fights MMA, and he had really strong frames, which I did not deal with very well. I thought the N/S choke was on pretty tight but he was able to fight out of it somehow. Final score was 7-3.
What bothers me most about this match is the beginning. My shot was god-awful. Even with the embarrassing shot, I think I still could have recovered and finished the takedown, but I stayed on my knees instead of getting to my feet and running him over. My high school wrestling coach would puke if he saw that. I was able to pull half guard and get the sweep eventually, but I really need to work on my wrestling.
2 obvious things here: There’s no way I should be giving up that sucker sweep from top half guard. Also, I need to work on my kimura control. I had the wrong pressure (and/or angle) and allowed him to escape the elbow.
I think the final score of this was 12-1.
Not really much to say about the gi matches. I could be better at getting hooks in, but my legs are not exactly what you’d call “flexible,” so it kinda is what it is. I was happy to get finishes after winning both no-gi matches on points.
I know I could have been a little more efficient on the second finish. Needed to get my left leg across his hips and push his body down lower before I threw the leg over his shoulder. Thankfully my squeeze is pretty good so it didn’t end up mattering, but it might in the future.
I’m pretty happy with how things turned out. I won and found several areas in my game that need work, which is really the main point of competing in the first place.
Back to work…