My Jiu Jitsu squad went down to Burnaby to compete at the Western Canadian Martial Arts Challenge. I entered the Novice Under 140 (gi) and Novice Open weight (gi). My first match was my weight class. Fought a guy about my size. He was very good. I pulled guard right off the bat, and fought off my back for a while. I attempted a few kimuras and triangle chokes, as well as some sweeps. I went for a scissor sweep, but he saw it coming and passed to side mount. He went for some sort of choke, and I countered and rolled him over and took side mount. Here's where it potentially gets controversial. I'm not familiar with the rules too well, so it might be, I don't know. When I rolled him over and took side mount, we went out of bounds. So I didn't get points for it, and we re-started standing in the middle of the ring. In hindsight, it was stupid of me, but I pulled guard again and he eventually won by points. Some hours later, I had my first Open Weight match. I weighed in at 129 pounds, and my opponent must have been 170 or something. So, I pulled guard again. Unfortunately, he held me in the air and could have probably destroyed me with an epic slam, but decided not to, and he put me down nicely. Attempted a triangle choke, but he powered out and took side mount. I defended well, and he took mount and tapped me with an ezekiel choke, probably 4 minutes in. My third match, Open weight, was for bronze. My opponent was a lot larger, again. But, this time, I didn't know I had this other match until I had to fight. So I took off my white competition gi, the cup, and my mouthguard and put on my blue single weave gi. So, I was told I had to fight, and I forgot my equipment. I pulled guard again, because I was stiff from my other fights. He worked past and eventually took full mount, and went for an ezekiel choke. I defended it, but due to his size, he still was able to push down a bit. The choke was defended, but because I had forgotten my mouthguard, my teeth were biting into my lip and his weight was adding more pressure. I tapped to that, too. The competition was tough and I was a bit disappointed with my preformance. But now I know what to practice, and I look eagerly to my next competition. Oh, I also got to witness some divisional wrestling champion from Seattle (named Blaine?) get choked out in the Novice Under 140 division, and go into convulsions. Felt sorry for him. All in all, though, I had plenty of fun. I'd do it again any time. I loved Open weight.