I competed this weekend with several teammates from GRBJJ(Clint Crabtree), and got to meet up with the other Carlson Gracie Team schools from the Chicago area. My first impressions were that the tournament was very well run until the white belt divisions. The order of the tournament went blue-black belt divisions, the white belts, then open weights. I think by the time the white belt divisions started it had already been a hectic day and the divisions were so massive it is hard to keep them completely organized. This combined with many competitors leaving a scratching the open weight division made the open weight bracketing a bit of a mess. I can't say I blame IBJJF for the mess, I understand some of the difficulties in running large divisions and large tournaments, so it didn't dampen my spirits too much. My division was adult Blue Belt Pesado(194.5-207.5). I was on weight for weeks and weighed in at 199lbs after eating a crappy hotel breakfast and drinking whatever I wanted in the morning. Match 1: I got a bye in the first round and didn't see my opponent's match. My plan was stand and work for a takedown unless he felt like he had good stand up. I had mentioned earlier in the weekend I hadn't clock choked anybody in awhile but it came back natural. Match 2: I saw this guy's previous match and saw he had a lackadaisical stand up and stood straight up when his opponent disengaged. Prior to the start of the video I stepped in and out so he stood straight up then grabbed a deep collar grip and collar dragged him into side control. I am disappointed I couldn't submit him, but I have been working a lot on my top control and not giving up position for submission. I was also happy with the communication between me and my coach, you might notice that I look into the stand several times and talk to him when I don't understand his instructions. Match 3 Finals: This guy I saw easily pass his previous opponent's guard when he didn't get his closed guard establish, and looked like he had decent stand up. I again go for a collar drag and feel that he'll fight for the top. Not being confident in takedowns and wanting to avoid being down points I jump guard. Eventually I get the omoplata sweep which is one of my go to moves and I'm surprised I didn't get one of the armlocks I go to from that position. Once I got to the triangle I take the arm and extend it until I hear it pop.