My First Competition as a Purple Belt (Athlete Journal 59)
I competed at my first tournament as a purple belt on Saturday, and I took second place in the division.
Gold at the New York Pro (Athlete Journal 42)
After winning gold last weekend, I’m feeling pretty confident as I get ready to head out to Masters Worlds this week.
The 2014 No-Gi Pan Ams (Athlete Journal Entry 53)
I competed in the IBJJF No-Gi Pan Am tournament on Saturday, and I ended up falling short. But I still learned from it.
It's Tournament Time (Athlete Journal 33)
This weekend I'm heading to the Boston Summer Open, and I'm feeling excited and optimistic.
Tournament Preparation Pays Off (Athlete Journal 29)
Thirteen weeks of traveling, rolling, drilling, dieting, and killing my strength and conditioning program all came together this week at the New York Open.
Tournament and Training Success (Athlete Journal 25)
Last weekend I had a successful tournament, and I'm feeling more prepared for the New York Open in July.
The 4 Biggest Mistakes Competitors Make at a BJJ Tournament
While some jiu jitsu tournaments are more organized than others, for every competitor it is important to enter a tournament fully prepared both mentally and physically. Here are the biggest mistakes.
Behind the BJJ Scenes: What It Takes to Run a Tournament
Organizing a BJJ tournament is so much work, so why do people do it? I spoke with Dan of Marmac Athletics to find out what he does and why he keeps doing it.
What Makes Masters Competition Different From Regular Competition?
How is masters competition different from regular, open competitions? I spoke with weightlifting competitors this past weekend and came up with three key differences.
BJJ Needs You: Be Part of the Competition by Volunteering
Competing isn't the only way to participate in a BJJ tournament - you can also volunteer to work at the event. There are a lot of different volunteers needed to make it a great day for the athletes.
Pushing the Envelope: How Each Generation Builds the BJJ Evolution
The Pan Jiu Jitsu Championship is going strong. I see blue belts doing things I could never do as a blue belt. Seeing these competitors makes me think on what drives the evolution of the sport.
But Enough about You: Follow Me On My Competition Journey
It's competition season for grapplers, and I am getting ready for several upcoming tournaments. In the coming weeks, I'm going to write about my preparation - come along for the ride!
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