I’m just about week out from my second IBJJF competition and it’s a big one. I’m fighting in the 168 pound blue belt division, which currently as 117 competitors. Now, if I sit here for too long the number will get to me. It’s the biggest competition I’ve ever been a part of and I’m 33 in the adult division. I’m going to be considered the old man, which sounds ridiculous when you think about it.
I have never felt so confident in my game than I do right now. The last year has been spent cultivating a web of techniques that fit with one another. I’m not just comfortable controlling and winning the positions battle, I’m actually feeling like a finisher which wasn’t always the case.
My biggest issue has been my lack of a standing guard break. During competition class recently I was unable or unwilling to stand. I’ve never felt comfortable, I felt like I had to wait for the perfect situation to do it to avoid being swept. Looking for the perfect moment just allowed my teammates the opportunity to wrap me up and work submissions.
Since then I’ve drilled from the closed guard, my goal being to stand up break open the guard and pass. I’ve worked from both my opponent having no grips and grips. Sometimes I was submitted but most often than not I was able to get up safely and start working for a pass.
I love where my game is and I’m extremely excited to show my progress at Worlds. I feel strong, no injuries holding me back, and most importantly I feel confident. I can’t wait!