2012 IBJJF Pan Championships: North America’s largest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament
It was… awesome. I lost my one and only match to a very good player, but the opportunity to compete and the actual time on the mats was pretty wonderful. Here are the top 10 things I learned:
1. Find a way to warm up: This was pretty difficult for me and it cost me in my match. I should have done some jogging, found some space to roll around with my training partner, worked up a lather and heart rate before my match. But I didn’t. There just wasn’t a ton of space to be had in the bullpen and I found myself jumping around here and there, doing some swim drills, stretching and restretching; none of this prepared me for the adrenaline dump on the mat. In the future, I need to do a better job of getting warm before my name is called.
2. Bring an extra gi: Remember how I was crazy excited about my new Origin gi? Well, the pants ended up being illegal due to the embroidery on the calf, as it was within 15 cm to the bottom cuff. Luckily, a friend had an extra pair of white gi pants that he wasn’t using, so I changed into those. I ended up calling Pete Roberts, the owner of Origin, and explained what happened at tournament. Part of me thought he’d exchange the pants because this gi was made for competition and Pete does a good job of making himself available to his consumers. He was thankful for the call, upset that I nearly got disqualified, but took no action otherwise. I still love rolling in my Origin gi, but loathed hand-disembroidering the language on that calf. Where it used to read “(logo) ORIGIN” it now just reads “(logo)” so that I can compete in the gi I spent $200 on…. Next time, I’ll be bringing two gis with me to comp.