Second competition write up! Just like the first one, I had some goals besides ‘winning (still the same as last week).
- Getting first place (duh!)
- Hitting an arm drag/inside trip takedown
- Wrist-lock submission
- Don’t let anybody get closed guard on me
- Pressure passing (double under/over under combination)
- Pacing myself and concentrate on stomach breading.
The competition itself:
The competition I joined was the Dutch Open. One of the biggest competitions of the Benelux with 450+ competitors from The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany… I had 22 people in my division (Blue belt -82,3kg) = 5 fights for first place.
All the fights can be found as a playlist on YouTube here.
Lots of stress in my first match but was mostly in control the whole match. Should have finished him faster though IMO. Lets go over some highlights:
Opening the fight with an arm drag inside trip (goal 2), felt really good to hit this one!
Got an easy pass after that and the 3 point. I did however struggle to control the situation and he managed to turtle up and got some kind of reverse. I tried taking the back for a second but gave that up and switched to a kimura, tried to go to an armbar but didn’t believe in it and half assed it. I could have finish it there if I did it properly. When I knew the armbar was gone I transitioned to a pendulum sweep though which I very much like and got an other 6 points (11-0). My control was bad again though and he hip escaped to halfguard, could have attacked the neck there easily. Ended up in open guard (not letting close guard happen = goal 4) and after a sloppy triangle attempt from my opponent and me pressure passing I got an other pass (14-0). My control slacks again and he turtle up, I weirdly jump guard to slow the fight down. He tries to pass, I go for halfguard (my favorite bottom position) and manage to set-up the roll over sweep.
End up chilling in halfguard and not focused enough. I get caught in a very tight triangle/armbar. Still stiff in that arm but managed to escape it last second:
All planned as I get a free pass :p (19-0). Control over the hip sucks again and he turtles up again.
As I have a big point advantage I just wanted to jump guard but end up sweeping him again.
I manage to secure mount position (25-0) and with 1min left on the clock, I finally go for the finish:
With the first fight in the books and blood flowing I’m feeling confident and got the mindset to go for a quick finish. We slap + bump and go, opponent tries to jump (half)guard but doesn’t have good control and I knee slide his guard easily.
Holy shit, bad control again (pattern much?). We end up in a scramble after a sloppy back take, he goes for an over-under pass but I get a hold of a kimura grip and manage to transition to an armbar easily (like I should have in the first fight, remember?). Quick finish!
Quarter finales, if I win this one I’m sure to have 2 more fights! My opponent looks scary: big guy with nice caulis. He pulls guard though, which I like. He tries to play DLR but I manage to stuff his attempts at getting a good hook in. I eventually get control over his hip and drive forward, he reacts with a triangle attempt but I had enough control to pass.
I keep the pressure on him and get a figure 4 grip on him and get the pass (3-0). I was looking to set up an armbar but when I sit down I notice I didn’t have the right position and transition to taking the back. We grip fight while he tries to escape, I manage to shrimp back to a good back control a few times till I feel I have a decent color grip and try to go for a bow and arrow:
It’s not tight enough though and I transition to an armbar. Struggling to stretch his arm I go for my favorite: wristlock!
We made it to the semis! This will be a painful breakdown as I’m doing everything wrong here. I don’t play my game and put myself mentally down during the fight. You know what, let me know what I did wrong? Feedback and tips would be much appreciated:
TL;DR: I pulled guard, I want to play top though. I initiate an idiot sweep and end up on my back after a weird sequence. My opponent gets 2 point for this which is technically not by the book I hurt. He gets a strong crossface on my halfguard and my framing/defense is shit. Almost get caught in a Americana and need to give up mount. Recover to halfguard but fail to defend the crossface. Match ends, I’m sad.
Losing the semis suck but going home without a medal is even worse. Third place match went quite funny, after some stand up struggle this happens:
I waste no time and go for the finish with all my frustration from the last fight:
- Getting first place = FAIL
- Hitting an arm drag/inside trip takedown = SUCCESS
- Wrist-lock submission = SUCCESS
- Don’t let anybody get closed guard on me = SUCCESS
- Pressure passing (double under/over under combination) = SUCCESS – kind off, didn’t do over under though or a perfect double under.
- Pacing myself and concentrate on stomach breading = SUCCESS – never felt tiered during the whole day. There was a lot of time between matches though (30min+ mostly)
With 5 fights I have some footage to work with and it surely showed some gaps in my game:
- Side control is used wrongly, to much on my knees and I don’t control the hip (I think, will ask coach again).
- Need to work on takedowns if they have grips on me or have a plan how to fight the grips.
- I love halfguard but only on my left side. Need to work on my right side or have an other plan how to get out of right side half guard.
- Prevent crossface + recover from it (kind of goes together with the point above).
- Go over my close guard game again as I hesitated when I got there.
- Turtle attacks/going to the back when they go belly down
I did however get 4 submission which was fun and rewarding click here now. If you guys have ANY pointers, let me know! Now it is time to work towards IBJJF Paris Open. Normally I had another tournament next week but it seems that I will not have any quality opponents and will be skipping this one as a normal training will have more value.