BJJ Tourney NJ area, March 13th

I am unabashedly advertising the local tourney… 🙂  In the NJ area?  Come on over! 

Upcoming Tourney!!


Spectacular Weekend Events!

Friday…I drove down to one of the other schools that we can visit to do bjj, only to find out they were testing this week, and regular classes were cancelled. BOOO!!!!!! 😦

Saturday…went to the NY Ren faire….yaaaaay! Me and my freinds val and brian are dorks–we get all dressed up 🙂 yay lots of fun…especially since I was able to completely close my corset 🙂 Maybe next year I’ll have to buy a new one cause the old one is too big, that would be swell 🙂 Then we hung out and watched Resident Evil and ate chinese

Sunday–Tourney! 🙂 I got there around 8:30 to weigh in…left to go get some coffee so I could think. There were actually 3 people from my school there so exciting! 🙂 Me, Paul, and one of our teens, David. Poor David accidently left his gi pants at home, so I let him weigh in with mine while his father barrelled down the Parkway to bring him his.

The most frustrating thing, since this is a local tourney–is wondering “how many women will show up?” Yea lucky me…only other woman is a blue belt…*sigh*…she’s from one of the other schools that is assoiciated with our instructor, so I’ve actually rolled with her before…and I knew I was in trouble! I think I blogged it a few blog entries back. Anywho, she’s strong and has long legs…and I’m averege stumpy all over the place. I ended up submitting by armbar. I’ve come to the conclusion that I do something wrong cause I get armbarred A LOT. Now I just have to figure out WHAT it is that I’m doing wrong. My brother came and has a video, so when I get it I will post it, any thoughts, comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated 🙂

I should also mention how CRAZY NERVOUS I was simply because I knew people were coming to see me. My first tourney nobody came cause I decided to do it like 48 hours before the tourney….I was MUCH more nervous this time cause my MOM, brother, best friend Mandi, her husband Brandt, and their *super amazing adorable newborn” Maddy came to see me. AAAAHHHHH…and of course, nobody listens to me, I tell them to get there by 12, they all walk in at like 12:45, and I’m like, you’re soo lucky that this organization is run by Brazilians and doesn’t start on time!!! Couldn’t you get there early so I’m not sitting here nervous that you aren’t going to make it? aaaaahhhh…Everyone walked in and then I was like grabbed and like, okay, you’re competing now…I like literally only had time to wave to my family. Sheesh.

Anywho, when I get pictures and video I will post them. Off to another (slightly less) hectic week…

I look like I was in a cat fight…That’s good, right?

So in….AAAHHHH a week from sunday I am doing the local tourney in my area…and my goal is to be more prepared for this tourney then my first tourney. By that I mean that I’m not going to, after not rolling for three weeks, decide 4 days before the tourney that I’m going to compete. So I could PROBABLY raise my standards *a little* but, hey, nobody’s perfect.

ANYWHO, even though my schedule is completely f’d up for a month while school starts and marching band gets going, mostly because of all the Jewish holidays, and Labor Day, I am running all over the place to get to bjj. Last week I went down to Morganville, which was fun, but I felt like lead because the week before I hadn’t been able to make it to bjj at all, so as a result I had absolutely no stamina.

This week, only being available tonight for BJJ, I skipped my regular karate class (which, since this is a kickboxing week, I normally wouldn’t have felt so bad about it, but I miss everyone cause I haven’t been there in like…I can’t even remember *sigh*) and drove down to Middletown. Anywho, going to Middletown is a little intimidating, because they have a bunch of blue belts a couple of purples, and tonight there was a brown belt visiting from Brazil, and only a couple of white belts (whereas my school is mostly–all–white belts cause our program hasn’t been in existance for long).

But who cares, there was a girl yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay *does happy dance* And she’s a blue belt–*mentally prepares to tap a lot* At first she seemed a little cold…but she warmed up as we went along…I don’t know a lot but I fake it really well, and I think she was probably afraid I was a flailing mess. I think I’m a flailing mess, but when I seemed to hold my own, she warmed up. I don’t blame her.

The classes at Morganville and Middletown are 15 minutes longer then the classes at my school (and for the record, Morganville mat is longer….makes it much harder to do the warmups *sigh*) So its much more intense….we start with a run, interspersed randomly with crunches, pushups, and ‘jits’ pushups–don’t know if that’s what they’re really called, I just associate them with BJJ….Then down the mat…Forward and Regular Shrimps, backward safety rolls, supermans, caterpillars…*huffhuff*

Lesson: Triangle from closed guard–when they start to pass, put grab at wrist and collar and put feet on hips. Take one foot and push their bicep back and then go over their head for the triangle.
Lesson 2: If instead of a regular guard pass, they put a hand under the leg and go for opposite collar (sorry for the description if it has a name…i don’t know it *sigh*) Grab wrist and collar and hook neck with foot. Other foot should be positioned between their legs. Then you turn away from them and grab their belt for control (somewhere that hooked foot comes off..) and you can either pull them on top of you or take their back.

Then we rolled. FOREVER.

What do I remember….hmmmm…She was very nice and let me work getting out from underneath her when she caught me in side control and mount (which as always, was a lot!) Her helpful hint was to curl up in a ball…try to get my head to her thigh.

I spent a lot of time TRYING to pass guard and not succeeding….I got in mount once…I don’t know how, and it didn’t last long! 🙂 She armbarred me and omaplata’d me…I’ve never actually gotten omaplata’d before, usually I sneak out somehow (I don’t know how, I’ve never been taught a defense, I guess they just never have it really tight and I can squish out of it…not so much in this case!) I was proud of myself cause I did manage to try to get the triangle from drilling, and she defended but I got my foot over her head, so that was a plus in my book (yay I applied something I learned, go me!)

Anyway, I drive home, go in the bathroom, and look in the mirror…my hair is in dissarray…my two braids…although they usually get frizzy after bjj, were a mess…whole chunks were pulled out, hair all over the place.

And so I thought to myself,

“I look like I was in a cat fight…I guess that’s a good thing?”


All in all a good night 🙂