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Rio Open 2011

So it's time for my Rio Open write up.  As many of you may already know, I lost in the first round via a nice straight armbar.  My opponent was an Alliance fighter from California who went on to take bronze in the division.  He also managed to triangle the other blue belt in my division that was staying in the house.  Dude just had our number I guess.




We hopped a taxi over to the venue.  I must say the ride over there was beautiful.  Imagine driving over the Shenandoah mountains, if they contained one of the largest cities in the world.  We got there and I chilled a bit soaking it all in.  The Tijuca Tennis Clube is HUGE.  The area in these pictures is only a small fractional part of the entire thing.  I'm pretty sure it's basically a country club in the middle of the city that takes up an entire city block.  I waited 10-15 min for my division, threw on my gi, weighed in (80.7kg), strapped on my pretty belt and got ready to fight another gringo.


Before this though my paranoia had managed to help several other people.  They were being very strict about gi lengths before you were allowed to fight.  One of our guys (Niall, who was in my division) was told he needed to find another gi because the circumference of his sleeves in relation to his arms was too small (wtf?).  Luckily, that morning, I had woken up early and thrown my 7th Son Shoyoroll in the dryer to take as a spare.  I chucked it to Niall, and all was good.


Stepping onto the mats was a bit crazy.  It's a weird, crazy, and exhilarating feeling just to take those few steps to the center of the arena.  Hell, just having done that I knew that win or lose I was gonna be proud of myself.

My opponent pulled open guard on me and went immediately for a De la Riva hook.  I moved to push the hook out and broke my posture a bit too much.  He threw up a loop choke which I defended but he used my crappy base at the time as an opportunity to sweep me.  I landed in half guard and as he went to pass I bridged into him and instead of trying to flatten me out he immediately tried to jump for my far arm.  I rolled out and came back up into his open guard.  Back with the De la Riva hook he put some insane pressure on my hips with his feet and when I pushed back he threw up a triangle.  As I postured to defend the triangle he moved to push my arm back, which I thought was an attempt to transition to an omoplata, but was apparently a nice move to a nasty straight armbar, and I had to tap.  The whole ordeal took maybe less than 2 minutes.  It was quick, but definitely an amazing experience.




As it turns out, Connection Rio as a whole was just having a shitty shitty day.  

  • Me - Lost via Armbar
  • Donal - Lost via Kimura
  • Fiddy - Lost via Points
  • Dave - Lost via Armbar
  • Emma - Lost via Armbar
  • Arthur - Lost via Advantage
  • Niall - Won via Advantage, Won via Points, Lost via Triangle
So as goes with most things we decided to drink our sorrows (or at least, eat them in my case).  It was Gary the drunk Irishmans last night out on the town too.  We were practically required too.
Also I choked out the cat (kidding that cat loves me).

Quick Update

Just a quick update since people live on updates and I don't have much time before the 6pm class.  Weight is good, 81.7kg with just my gi pants on after the gringo class this afternoon.  As long as I can keep up the diet this weekend (not too much booze and/or food) I'll be just fine for the Rio Open.  Rolls are going good, I'm definitely feeling more and more confident every day.  We've got lotsa new people in the house but so far everyone is real cool, no trouble makers.


I mean, look at this buncha hooligans...

Fightin' Tomorrow

So, tomorrow is the Rio Open.  Azul adulto masculino medio (adult blue belt middleweight men) are fighting Thursday at 10:20.  We're one of the first divisions, which is great, because I can get it out of the way.  In the even that I medal I have the option of entering the absolute division, but that is at like 6pm the next day.  I'll cross that bridge if/when I come to it though.


I've been spending the last few days making sure I make weight for the tournament.  I need to be 82.3kg with my gi on.  I've been eating well but healthily since I got here and over the last few days I've been cutting food and water in order to lose a few more pounds.  I was 81.1kg with my gi on today, which is perfect, allows me to eat, and accounts for any scale craziness.  Without the gi I was 78.2kg.  


My friends and family may realize that this is a considerable accomplishment for me.  For those who're reading and have no clue...well...I used to be quite the big guy.


See?  Told ya.  I don't have an exact number, but back when I graduated high school (2004) I was somewhere between 300lbs and 310lbs (136kg and 140kg).  So, at 78.2kg (172lbs), I think I'm done.  Now I can just eat normal and work out and not be so super serious about all this crap.  I see all you can eat pizza/meat/sushi in my near future.  Also beer.


I am absolutely dead right now.  I guess I should probably explain why.


So at Gordo's academy their are two general gi based BJJ classes.  One is at 8am and one is at 6pm.  There is technically a 7:30pm class but it's really just a chill session for people who showed up late for the 6pm class.  In addition to this, there is competition training (at least for the time being) on MWF at noon.  In addition to THAT, Dennis teaches a "gringo" class at 2pm (or about that time) that focuses a bit on conditioning with some really good technique sequences thrown in.


We've had a buncha new people in the house over the last few days and that's usually always good for getting people off their asses and getting to the morning classes.  When I first arrived I was all about em, but that waned a litlte bit.  Now that new people are here and ready to go, their are people mulling about early enough to wake me up and get my sorry ass off for the 8am class.  I finally made it today which was great, since Gordo is back and he was teaching.  First Gordo class yay!  It was good training, but not super hard.  I decided to head to the gringo class at 3pm (it got pushed back a bit).  This is where I proceeded to get smoked.  You know it's going to be a hard training session when the instructor asks, "Who's competing", and you're the only idiot in the room stupid enough to actually raise your hand.  


My face kinda hurts, but other than that I'm fine.  My weight seems to be doing well, 84 kilo's this morning with the gi on (it needs to be 82.3).  Gonna skip out on the evening class tonight (I can't do 3-a-days) and get some food in me in preparation for the morning.