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At the end of last month I competed in Gracie Nationals and what I hoped for most came true. None of my teammates including myself had to go against each other. There was a huge turnout and it was a great time. Unfortunately, my match wasn’t great. I got caught in a guillotine in the beginning of the match, which made it my first and last match. There is a little less of a sting to the loss when I was told that my opponent is a very experienced blue belt and she made it to the final match. With an exciting final match of 1 hour an 5 minutes, an east coast 10th Planet competitor was the winner. Needless to say, I’m working to improve my game for next time as always.
I mentioned in my last blog that I was making an effort to take in the experience of my most recent competition before moving on to the next goal. It took everything in me not to sign up for my next tournament the day after Gracie Nationals. I feel it’s great for anyone to be motivated, yet I often don’t give myself time to celebrate and/or take a breath. Just taking that one day after competing off completely helps me recharge, especially mentally. I did sign up for my next tournament the following day, which I will be competing in this weekend.
The following week after the tournament I earned my blue belt and felt even more motivated to improve. I began taking wrestling lessons from Dustin Robert, a fellow 10th Planet teammate and former wrestler. I’m continuing with my jiu jitsu private lessons with Jared Carlsten, 10th Planet black belt/Pro MMA fighter. I’m excited about this next tournament since it will be the first time I’m in the intermediate division. I still continually practice patience with my progress. There is so much to learn which is why I love it, yet I often want to know it all now which is certainly not reasonable.
While getting ready for tournaments, I’m still training for improvements in my physique. Anyone who competes knows that the off season is more important to your physique in terms of adding muscle. It also keeps me strong for jiu jitsu. Thanks to HMB, I can train in both and recover properly.
I recently made a video for HMB talking about my goals for the year. In the past, I’ve talked about specific improvements in myself. Since I started competing at the age of 13, I know that I can only improve myself and it’s about being better than yesterday. The judges, opponents, and many other factors are out of my control. First and foremost is always about improving myself, yet I began to express certain goals even if they do depend on those other factors. I believe in communicating thoughts verbally, in writing, and/or visually to help them come true. Now I’ve done all three ways and thought that compared to training it is an easy additional step towards reaching my goals.
Then the weekend after this next tournament, I will be flying to Ohio for the Arnold Fitness Expo. I love the energy there and seeing the variety of sports all under one roof. If you are attending make sure to stop by the HMB booth! Happy training!