So it has been many days since my last post and my no-gi match has most certainly come and gone. To start, since we recently moved into our new house, we have had spotty internet, not to mention trying to settle in. It has been pretty hectic but we are loving our new place and are enjoying making it our own. So to bring you up to date on the happenings of the match and my life… 🙂
First, I lost…again… 😦 I am really trying to look at this as another learning opportunity but it has been tough. I felt very positive going into this match and felt good about my training and the fact that my opponent was my size. I felt such a let down when I lost. During the rules meeting, they informed me that the match would consist of 3 two minute rounds and that the best 2 of 3 submissions would win the match. If no one submitted then it would be a draw. I was a little shocked by the 3 two minute rounds. Initially, my coach was told that they would be 3 three minute rounds. I am used to training for 5 minute rounds and felt a little intimidated by what I could possibly do in 2 minutes.
While preparing for this match, I worked a lot on being aggressive and not allowing myself to wait for things to happen. I warmed up before the match with my husband and coach and was nervous but felt pretty positive. It was a brand new experience walking into an actual cage. Definitely surreal. My coach and I had discussed, again, me pulling guard instead of working take downs. I will say that the whole match is a little bit of a blur with certain highlight moments that I do recall. One thing that was consistent about my opponent’s strategy seemed to be “crush” and “grind.” And believe me, she did plenty of that. The majority of the time was spent with her forearm bearing down on my windpipe. One annoying aspect that stood out to me was the ref who spent the whole time talking to us and telling us things like “you need to work” or asking “are you ok?” Do you think I can talk to you right now?!?!
Anywho…one thing about my opponent I did not appreciate…being slammed into the mat or whatever you call it in a cage. They did not specify in the rules meeting that this is or is not legal but I know that slamming is not allowed in BJJ tournaments. And let me just say, it is a disorienting experience, indeed, to be slammed like that when you are not expecting it. I spent most of my time on my back…again…it’s as though I completely forgot how to sweep! At one point in round two she got her arms in for a guillotine and then pulled guard. In that moment I heard some strange popping sounds and this caused panic and so without thinking (or even trying to defend), I tapped. 😦 I cannot say for certain that I would have gotten out of it but I certainly should have tried instead of tapping immediately. I was very angry with myself for allowing this to happen.
Before the start of round three I looked over to see my opponent sitting on her butt with her legs sprawled out in front of her and drinking Gatorade. I was not very tired at this point but more angry. I thought I could get 2 submissions to win in the last round. Knowing the rounds were only 2 minutes caused me some panic and, rather than ensuring I had good position for submissions, I was just going for them because I felt really pressed for time. I went for several omaplatas and didn’t finished a single one. I also went for several arm bars and didn’t finish that either. During the last round, I had one…a good one. She looked at me and at the ref and said something to the effect of, “it’s not gonna happen.” That was a definite test of my patience and self-control. She then proceeded to slam me into the mat again. And that was the end of the match.
I know that I fought hard during this match and that I probably gave her a run for her money but I was utterly disappointed to lose. It is a difficult lesson to learn, especially when I can clearly see all the things I did incorrectly in hindsight. It will be a little while before my next match or tournament. She definitely did a number on my body. My upper chest has been hurting ever since the match. I was obviously sore for a few days after but my upper chest has continued to hurt even today.
I went to the gym to train Tuesday night for BJJ and lasted through drills but was not able to last past one round of rolling. I went back Wednesday night, stupidly thinking I was better…I was not. I had to sit out and watch and that was frustrating. I was ready to be back in the gym and training again…but alas, I am not able to yet. 😦 I will probably be sitting out again this week since I am continuing to have pain but hopefully will be back next week! 🙂 The majority of my time has been spent getting our house in order and unpacking.
On another note, I broke down and started a Twitter account so if you are interested, please follow me! 🙂 My user name is (surprise, surprise): dragonladybjj