Worlds 2014

Another one in the books!  The IBJJF World Championships kicks off every summer with an intense weekend of Jiu Jitsu, and I make an effort at everyone of them.  This year, like last year, I worked as a score keeper to be able to afford the trip.  As a score keeper you work a 12 hour days with very minimal breaks but it puts you right in the heart of the action, at the end of the day you have a few pennys in your pocket but tons of great experiences.  I was even the score keeper for the biggest fight of the tournament, the Black Belt Open Final between Rodolfo Vieira and Buchecha, talk about pressure.  I made minimal mistakes this weekend, but every mistake I did make Giva Santana caught me, the guy is like a mystical wizard.  Giva is watching.

One of the tough things about score keeping is when one of my students/teammates are up to compete.  I would try to take off and go to the crowd to coach but it didn’t always happen.  It is so hard for me not to cheer, coach and root on my team.  I would have to sit there quietly and try not to screw up my match while watching them compete.  Luckily my team was in good hands as Giva was mat side for all their matches, thanks so much Professor.

Logan Jewell one of my Purple Belt killers competed in the Heavy Weight Division.  He dominated his first match 30-0, second match he won by a quick triangle, won his third something like 12-0, and fell short in the semi-finals.  It was a great effort earning him a bronze medal!  Third place at Worlds is an amazing accomplishment.

My fiancée Leslie competed in her purple belt division.  She drew last years purple belt champion in her first match, why she is still a purple belt is beyond me and seems to be a little bit of sand bagging.  Although over matched Leslie looked great and I am so proud of her for competing as a relatively new purple belt and down a couple age levels.

Purple belt Joe Gomez has a history of tough luck at Worlds, it was great to see him win his first match 10-0.  He fell to a very game competitor in his second but looked great.  Purple Tyson Antillon also had a tough draw getting the guy who made it to the semi-finals of a huge bracket.  Tyson looked great but came up two points short of the victory.   I am proud of all these guys for competing, taking no breaks I have already trained with each of them this week in the gym.  That is the best thing about watching and competing and Worlds it lights a fire under your ass to get better.

Other highlights of the weekend were getting to see one of my Professsors Rodrigo Sama Candido for the first time in years, great seeing you my friend.  It is always nice to go out to Lotus Club Irvine and train with our extended Lotus Club Family, thanks Giva for the class and great seeing everyone.  I learned  a lot of Jiu Jitsu this weekend and am excited to get better.

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