I had a rather successful weekend. So did Lachie. Between the 2 of us we won 8 golds… (aka. silver bottle openers, butter knives, numchucks, stanley knives or whatever). To top it off Maromba Female Team won the whole thing, which is very exciting seeing we have so many new girls on the scene.
It was a real pity that the entries were so low this year in the purple belt ladies division. There were 3 of us who actually fought, but in the end you fight whoever turns up and that’s what I did.
I had some firm goals for this competition and knew exactly what I wanted to execute each fight. Most of the time I achieved my objectives, however it did leave my jiu jitsu feeling a little scrappy, loose and scrambly. I was still stoked to land a few new things in a competition that I have been working hard in training – a berimbolo, an Otavio Souza sweep from DLR, a 50/50 sweep, a smash pass and taking the back. I also came away with 3 subs. My whole philosophy was that it didn’t really matter if I lost, as long as I tried new skills and really opened up my game. I saw this comp as a perfect time to test out my game and make mistakes, and go into the 2015 season more confident from every position.
Lachie fought amazingly. He cleaned up the black belt division and also ended up with 4 gold medals. I love that he practices what he preaches – and not only was he great at his ‘A’ game, but also tried out a few new things he has been working hard on. I am super proud as always, and want to be a little bit like him when I grow up.
Thiago was an amazing support all weekend and I am at wit’s end to how he still has some voice left. Fighting is a lot easier when you have a person like him behind you.
I am very proud of the white belt ladies from Maromba – especially Tina, Maria and Odette.These girls have worked very hard – from extra drilling sessions to rolling hard and trying to apply new skills in training… I couldn’t be happier for them.
A 3-day BJJ competition weekend is truly exhausting – both emotionally and physically, but no rest for the wicked. Asian Open is only a month away and mistakes must be fixed before then.
Thanks you to my sponsors MA1 Apparel and Absolute MMA & Conditioning for making these Pan Pacs possible for me.