Has anyone on this forum ever been through a period where it seems you just can't win a grappling match at a tournament? As of late, I've not had much success in competition. In my last three grappling competitions, my record is 0-10. Several of the matches were very close, but I was on the losing end every time. For background, I am 40 years old, 5'10" tall, 190 pounds, and I received my purple belt in March 2010. Here is a summary of my match results. NAGA New England East Coast Championships in May 2010: 1. No Gi Directors Expert Cruiserweight: lost 6-0 2. No Gi Directors Expert Cruiserweight: lost 2-0 3. Masters Purple belt Cruiserweight: lost by submission Grapplers Quest Boston in August 2010: 4. No Gi Executive Expert Cruiserweight: lost in overtime by submission 5. Executive Purple belt Cruiserweight: Lost by advantage, score was 0-0 NAGA Northeast Grappling Championship in Oct 2010: 6. No Gi Directors Expert Super Heavyweight: lost 6-0 7. No Gi Directors Expert Super Heavyweight: lost 2-0 8. Directors Purple belt Super Heavyweight: lost by advantage, score was 0-0 9. Directors Purple belt Super Heavyweight: lost by advantage, score was 0-0 10 Adult Purple belt Cruiserweight: lost by advantage, score was 0-0 Note that at the last tournament, I had to compete in the Super Heavyweight Division (225+ lbs) in matches 6-9 becasue there were no other competitors in my weight category which is Cruiserweight. Suprisingly, I am not in the dumps over my string of losses. Thinking about each match and analyzing the mistakes I made have motiviated me to get better. I'm going to take the rest of the year off from competition, however, I am going to ramp up my jiu-jitsu training and also start judo in order to get better. I'll start competing again in 2011. Hopefully the added motivation and training will enable me to start winning some matches again.