A Saturday Full Of BJJ
By Robert Greer
I woke up last Saturday morning bright and early to head to San Diego. The only challenge for me is I had planned to spend the day at a pretty big BJJ Tournament;the Grappling X Submission Grappling Tournament in National City, CA.
My boy Hedi of MMAFANATICS.COM fame and I showed up at the tournament around 10:00 in the morning, after and hour and a half drive of ranking on each other, reminiscing at my days as a conquer of nations at Camp Pendleton, and clutching in fear of my seat belt as a passenger to a half blind driver.
We were meet by two lovely ladies greeting us and stating that we weren't on the list, (thanks Shawn), but was waved in anyway do to my boyish charm. The United States National Guard gym full of the humid heat of competition welcomed us the moment we entered as competitors of all ages warmed up for a day full of grappling.
The grappling was better than expected. The double elimination tournament with approximately 200 competitors was a tour de force of excitement with great matches in all six mats. That was pretty much it for the first half of the tournament; good fights and some unmentionable drama. The highlight for me was seeing the juniors, little kids under ten. Girls, boys, children of all races, seemed to have one half of the gym fixed on them, no egos, no bravado, no fear, just pure doing what they've been taught and executing moves in the best possible fashion. One stand out won his division via, armbar from the mount, rear naked choke, and yet another armbar, (somewhere Rickson smiled).
As for the adults, slams, leg and ankle locks, RNC's and armbars were prevalent, along with timed decisions. You know it is coming. The pieces are in place and you know the tap is inevitable. And when a black belt has it keyed in, get ready to tap fast and do not expect muscle out. Respect the arm bar. It is a good idea to understand where you are in your training, because setting up certain, not all, expectations will allow you to fight at a higher level. If you train every class and give it your all, you can expect that after a few months, you are in pretty good shape. That expectation will allow you to fight a little harder when you roll, without the need to mentally save your energy for the next fight, or the next, or the next. You expect your body to perform.
There was some amazing matches throughout the day by those who have lived this way of training, put on by a fine promotion. One thing that impressed us the most was how smooth and organized the event was ran. Shawn, Cory Cass and the rest of the Grappling X staff did a phenomenal job. I am eagerly looking forward to the next Grappling X Submission Grappling Tournament. As for the results...
San Diego Throwdown Elite
2nd Place The Fight Lab
San Diego Fight club
As Grappling X did, we would also like to give special thanks to The National Guard for allowing the use of their facility. The guardsmen were nothing but professional throughout this entire endeavor.