i got a competition ahead next saturday, so how excited were you?
i feel i might be a little overexcited and still struggling to make enough weight, so that i don't need to fight in the highest, which is open end...
are you fighting gi or no-gi?
Oh crap, it seems that I've been away for a while. I used to get really nervous and excited before the competitions and it sometimes harmed my performance on the mat. Last spring I learned to control my excitement and since then it has been easier for my
I do both gi and no-gi. At the moment I feel that no-gi is more good for me but I like gi as well.
It's been a while but I'll give a few short reports. Last September I got a really bad neck injury and it took me whole Autumn to get my body back in shape. The rehab is still on progress but I got a permission to compete again a month ago. So I decided to go and test my fresh blue belt in the European Championships:
In my own weight category I faced a Brazilian girl who immediately pulled guard. I struggled to open the guard but she was really strong and finally swept me with a hip-bump. I managed to return to half guard from where I made one good sweep attempt but couldn't quite finish it. Last minute I was trying to cross choke her but she had really good controls and the time ran out. So I lost 0-2. It was a good fight and I was happy with my performance though I lost.
In the open category I met another girl from my own weight class. She also pulled guard but this time I managed to open it. I got her knees smashed to the floor but I just wasn't quick and strong enough to stand up and pass her legs. She closed her guard and over hooked my hand. I spent two minutes just fighting my hand free. When the time ran out judge decided to award my opponent with an advantage so I lost with that advantage. With this fight I was really disappointed with myself 'cause I felt that I didn't give everything I had. Anyway the whole competition was a good experience and a nice way to get back to the business after a long injury
A week after the Europeans I participated a small national competition where I had only one opponent. In the beginning I tried a takedown but was really sloppy and it ended me turtling and she trying to get the peruvian choke. I kept movin on the bottom and I finally managed to push her on her back. In the side control I had to fight my neck free from the choke attempt. After a short struggle I mounted her and went for a cross choke. She defended really well but finally decided to turn so I got a back crap. From the back I got rnc and finished the fight with a submission.
Now it's more rehab for the neck and the back and hopefully I'll be in great shape in the team nationals in the end of next month!