First competition experience.

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  1. BelugaPower06 White Belt

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    I've been training jiu-jitsu twice a week for about 6 months or so now. I really enjoy it (most days). I didn't start training with the idea of competing but after a while I thought it'd be nice to kind of "test" myself through competition. This past Saturday I competed in the NAGA Dallas event.

    Leading up to the event I was going back and forth trying to figure out which weight class I would be competing in. I weighed in at 176 lbs two days before the event and decided I would try to "cut" the weight and compete at welterweight. Bad idea. I didn't eat and just sipped water all day Friday. Couldn't sleep the night before due to nerves I think. Got up at 5 a.m. on Saturday, drove two hours to the venue, weighed in, and began to finally eat and drink some shit. Made weight by the way. Afterwards I sat around and watched my 10 year old son compete. Throughout the day I never felt "right", I think it was a combination of things.

    Finally around 5 p.m. my division was called to compete. First match was no-gi. My opponent and myself were both very tense, spent the first half of the match pushing and pulling on each other. He eventually shot for the take down, I grabbed a guillotine and pulled guard. He was able to pop his head out but I quickly lock up an arm lock but wasn't able to finish it for some reason. I decided to create space and try to stand but he grabbed me leg and fell back into a straight ankle lock. I defended it, sat up and was able to establish top control and then mount, from mount I locked up an arm triangle and got the finish. After the match I was EXHAUSTED, even had a tough time standing on the podium, lol. I think some of this was due to adrenaline or something.

    My second match was in the gi. I was much more relaxed this time around. My opponent was very aggressive, shooting for the take down rather quickly. I defended the take down, lock up the guillotine and pulled guard again. This time around my opponent wasn't getting out and after some minor adjustments I was able to coax the tap, about 30-45 seconds into the match.

    In training I am usually the aggressor, I go for takedowns, I end up on top. I hate playing guard, don't know why but I do. Going into the competition my only fears would be that I shoot and get guillotined or that some is much quicker than myself would take my back and choke me, lol. I never thought things would play out like they did. Regardless, I won both matches and got me a couple of shiny gold metals.

    I know, long read. Just thought I'd share.
     
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  2. Minnja Touch-Butt white belt

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    Cool. I have trouble sleeping the night before too. I think most people get exhausted during/after the match and I think a major reason is because you don't get to warm up so you go from 0 to 100.

    The good thing is that now you know that feeing so when it happens again you won't freak out.

    Congrats on the wins and putting yourself out there
     
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    Well done
     
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    guillotine supremacy
     
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    i gassed super hard and don't remember much, but I did hit a sweet throw...
     
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  6. JagRoss Yellow Belt

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    I gassed at my first tournament as well.

    I remember my matches pretty well - I didn't tunnel vision or anything.
    Felt quite aware of my coaches/points/etc.

    Won my first two matches by triangle - and got robbed (imo) in my last match.
     
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    Congratulations!
     
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    I was very aware of my coaches, I could hear their instruction pretty clearly. I would have liked to have pulled the trigger on the take downs myself but just couldn't do it. I'll be working on that aspect more on the future. Also I plan to work more sweeps from guard, my go to move is to create space and stand up to get back to the wrestling. I rarely attack from guard.
     
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    It took me about 5 or 6 tournaments until I was able to calm down and relax a little. Congrats on the wins. Your debut was much better than mine.
     
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    Two very nice submissions for your first tournament. Congrats.

    For me, arm triangles took a long time to find that sweet spot. For months I felt like I was in perfect position woth a great squeez but couldn't get the tap.

    Also making an opponent pay for shooting by subbing him is an awesome instinct / weapon to have in the tool box. I tend to try and escape or reverse.
     
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    Thanks. The arm triangle and pillow choke are my go to chokes in no gi. I'm a relatively strong dude so that helps. I usually look for the guillotine when someone shoots, if it's there I take it, if not then I don't try to force it.
     
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    Just saw this a minute ago on IG. Speaking of countering a shot and transitioning to a submission:

     
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    Nerves are normal; keeps you sharp. Well done!
     
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    Congrats.

    Nerves will pass with more competition.

    I always said my early tournament success in Judo was because of the 5+ years of wrestling prior, and not for the techniques (well sure a little, but I've never successfully hit a leg shot in Judo when they were still legal), but for the competition mindset and ability to deal with that stress.
     
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    This. I went full retard on my 1st comp. Double leg within the 1st 5 seconds, thank god I got it. Now it would take a ref's warning before I initiate especially against a cautious, play safe opponent.
     
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    Just did my first as well. I thought of your post.

    Just two matches for two wins/golds in a small tourney.

    Like you I was nervous for the first one (I could feel the coffee rumbling in my stomach yuck) and less but still a bit nervous for the second. It was amazing how I was rushing moves and fucking them up (like starting the gringo grip with the wrong hand lol).

    Won 10-0 for the ibjjf match and won with 2 subs round 1 for the submission only match.

    Great experience.
     
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