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Bringing Home 2 Gold Medals From The NAGA Tournament

Yay! Even though we got there a little late due to the heinous beach traffic that was working it’s way to the Jersey Shore (no, not that one, the other one) our team all got there in one piece, and brought home a butt-load of medals.

It was awesome.

My no-gi match was called a ‘super fight’ because there was only one other girl to fight, so we did and while we both did well, I won due to points, 6-0.

I didn’t try to any take downs, because honestly I don’t train that much in no-gi (I think the count of classes I’ve gone to can still be counted on both hands), but I played my game, I got in a sweep, and a number of submission attempts (including working for a triangle in the first minute or so), and even my instructor/coach said that it was very technical, which to me was the best compliment of the day.

For the gi division they actually found 2 other women to compete in the same division, so I did end up fighting the same girl again, who I won against due to points, and another girl who was a little taller than me, and also fought well, but in the end I caught her with a Bow and Arrow choke, while I was up on points, 12-0.

My other teammates also did an outstanding job, bringing home gold, silver, bronze and even a ridiculously big belt, which was not worn in public (unfortunately).  One downer was our purple belt girl was caught in a toe hold, but 1) we really don’t work on attacking the feet and 2) she really didn’t train all this week due to a minor sinus infection. There is always the next tournament though, and I look forward to snapping lots of pictures while she takes home the gold.

One thing I absolutely love about our team is that during the entire tournament we played really technical, actually very pretty jiu jitsu. Not that anyone means to do it, but there is such a prevalence of “truck-stop”, AKA “You owe me money, bitch” jiu jitsu; I know not all techniques are very pretty, but there are a number of techniques and alternatives that reflect more of the principle and art of the sport/self defense martial art. Our school tends to emphasis those techniques, and encourage people to train in that fashion, and I prefer it. It makes for better competition in my opinion, and all that more rewarding, win or lose, because you know that you played as best as your could.

One superficial, cosmetic question though: I know a lot of girls put their hair into cornrows to keep it from getting everywhere. but are there any other ways to tie everything back? I always look like a mess in competition photos, which I don’t care during the match, it’s just afterwards when I see the photos I say “Oh my…”

Any suggestions?

Here's looking at you, Kid


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Kind of Feels Like that Presentation in College That You Decided to “Just Wing”

That’s how I’m feeling about this tournament tomorrow. I have been training a good deal, both in gi and no-gi, but it’s nowhere near the amount that I feel I should have trained for this tournament.

And I’m kind of OK with that. In the spectrum of tournaments and level of importance, this actually ranks pretty low. I’m more concerned about both the in-house that happening later this month, and then there is the annual Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu Tournament that is happening the first weekend of October in Oklahoma City. Those definitely have priority over this NAGA tournament.

It also doesn’t help NAGA’s case that they used to be the “anything goes” tournament for quite some time. As one instructor said “You could put a gun to someone’s head and shoot them: 2 points.”

They have cleaned up their act from what I have seen in the rules, but it will take a good amount of time before their reputation turns, and even still they will be referred to as “that tournament where there were really no rules.”

::shrug:: it sucks, but they are still making an attempt to be a little more respectable, which I can respect. I do have one question though regarding something you ban in your rules:

What the hell is the ‘Boston Crab’ Technique?

**UPDATE: I found out what the “Boston Crab Technique” is, and now you can all share in the cringing as you imagine what it does to both ankles**


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There’s a Fine, Fine Line…

Between training just enough just before a tournament, and over training to a point where you are just a mess when competing (and therefore, it’s a waste of your time).

I based that entire first sentence off a song from the Broadway puppet musical “Avenue Q“…Yeah, I’m just that damn witty.

In all seriousness, there is a fine area to tread when getting ready for tournaments; between getting a good sweat in and feeling prepared, to over-training and being dead on your feet when you step up for a match. I can picture that awkward situation…

“Hey Katie, what happened during that match? You totally could have taken her.”

::shrug:: “My body had enough-can I take a nap under the bleachers now? Or just die, because that would be a totally acceptable option at the moment. ”

I would like to avoid that extreme, but at the same time would also really like to make weight. Since this was sort of a last minute decision, I can only get to the last weight class before it goes to open, so I’ll have about 2-5 lbs to lose so I don’t have to fight women that fight essentially 2 of me put together. Not that it would be the end of the world, but if it’s no-gi, it comes as a definite disadvantage, since I have only started to train in a no-gi fashion. Uncertain, a little nervous, and competing against someone who probably has more experience and I know is heavier than me…

Yeah, that would end well. And by well, I mean not so good.

We’ll see how it goes, because either way I’ll try my best, and we’ll see where it gets me.


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Limited posting for now

The internet is not really working in our new apartment (and by not working, I mean it’s there but the people who use it can’t remember the password for access), and since I feel weird about taking work time out to write and post (because none of this is pre-planned, as you may have noticed) there will be limited posting for a while.

Just a quick update though, I signed up with Livestrong.com to track my caloric intake…I have mixed feelings about this, which I will explain later.

Otherwise, still going to no-gi, still doing gi, and am planning on going to a NAGA tournament in August.

1,2,3, go!


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