Here's my story in 4 sentences: I hadn't competed in many years and this was my first time competing as a black belt (Senior 1 Division). I lost my first match 6-0 to John Carlquist (an Instructor at Unified Jiu Jitsu [Pedro Sauer Team], Salt Lake City, UT). Basically, I lost position mid-match after defending his armbar attempt from guard, re-gained guard position and then didn't pass. And that was it - John won Gold (easily winning his next 3 matches, including one submission) and I went home with no medal.
But, no sympathy necessary here, grapplers. In fact, whatever way you look at these things, it's always good:
- You competed and won: That's awesome. Many congrats from DSTRYRsg.
- You competed and lost: Still awesome! You put it out there and now you have better intelligence on where you stand among your peers and what you need to do to get better at jiu jitz. That's what we all want, right?
- You didn't compete, but took a photo with Rickson Gracie to show to your grappling buddies: Well, not as good, but not bad either! He's both handsome and legendary.
And, in the end you always get one of these:
Hand modeling by Jeanelle.