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Second Place at Grappling Tournament

Quantum Jim (610382) writes | more than 8 years ago

User Journal 5

Today, I got second place in the novice lightweight weight class at Mark Shrader's Third Annual Grappling Tournament. First, congratulations to the first place winner: Jay Morris. He is an awesome wrestler and grappler, and I wish him luck with his MMA career (no, we weren't fighting MMA).

Today, I got second place in the novice lightweight weight class at Mark Shrader's Third Annual Grappling Tournament. First, congratulations to the first place winner: Jay Morris. He is an awesome wrestler and grappler, and I wish him luck with his MMA career (no, we weren't fighting MMA).

Despite losing I shouldn't feel bad. In nearly six months of training I worked hard enough to lose 45 pounds (I'm 154 now); clothes that were too small for years are now too big. That was why I started grappling, after all. I only entered the tournament for the experience and not to place. I fought a tough opponent and still came out with a medal.

However, those are rationalizations. The only reason I got a metal is that there were only two people in my weight class: the champion and me. In other words, I lost and still received a metal. I was beaten in skill and strength. Even worse, during an exhibition later on, I tapped out to exactly the same submission from the same opponent. They weren't short matches, but they weren't especially long either. I'm angry at myself for losing in that way.

Every fight is won before anyone steps on the mat through how they prepare. Instead of dwelling on the past, I should direct my energies on the future.

  • Deluding myself, I though I was improving against the people I usually train against. I guess my pride was hurt a little. I need to train against different people so I don't get used to anyone.
  • The submission that got me was a guillotine. I need to learn to master, avoid, and counter them.
  • I also have to work on initiating things from the guard. My confidence with guard work was virtually nill even before the tournament.
  • I was out wrestled, so improving my stand-up is also a priority.
  • I did not feel winded or tired at all during the match, instead I was simply overpowered. I need a better lifting routine to get stronger. However, I should maintain this weight at least (154). Therefore, I still need to do more jogging and cardio as well to lose the dead weight.

I was debating throwing the silver metal away (which says made in China on the back). However, I'll keep it to motivate me to work on these goals.

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Me, too--maybe (1)

TFGeditor (737839) | more than 8 years ago | (#13802539)

I have thought many times about taking up karate or tae kwan do just to give me an incentive to get in shape.

More power to you, and congrats.

Re:Me, too--maybe (1)

Quantum Jim (610382) | more than 8 years ago | (#13806174)

I am not a doctor. Use at your own risk!

Thanks. Martial Arts is great for getting into shape. It combines the best qualities of team sports and individual competition. Forget all those weight loss diets and exercise routines advertised on television and the internet... I tried them, and they never worked after a while. I even tried consulting with a dietitian without much success.

The only other thing that helped me lose weight is the Subway diet [] . I combined it with a triweekly 35 minute run averaging about 2.75 to 3.1 miles (5k). I only lost a modest five pounds in two months that way; although, my average heart rate went down. To tell you the truth, I suspect that the only reason it worked is that I ended up counting calories. The running helped me stay alert and improve my metabolism even though I restricted my energy intake. However, it wasn't very effective.

The key to motivating oneself with that type of diet is keeping data, as geeky as that sounds. You'll find that your weight will fluctulate over the week. Also, it seems that the rate of average weight loss will reach an inflection point for a while before continuing down. I.E. I lost a little for a week, gained a little the next week, plateaued, and contintued losing after a while. That can mask how much weight you lost, so keeping data is critical motivation.

I haven't done any karate ever, but I took two taekwondo lessons so far. A typical one and a half hour lesson seems to help you work up a good sweat. It is a fun sport; the biggest things I have to work on as a beginner are balance, flexibility, and technique. I plan on continuing. Your results may vary, of course.

For me, I use tournaments as a way of motivating myself to keep up with martial arts. After a while of doing anything, it can seem aimless. That's why most diets fail, I think. Tournaments provide the direction and pay-off for those days that you want to quit or cheat. That's mainly why I compete.

I wish everyone would learn a martial art like karate, taekwondo, or Brazilian jujutsu. So good luck losing weight!

Re:Me, too--maybe (1)

TFGeditor (737839) | more than 8 years ago | (#13806317)

Thanks for the encouragement. I currently weigh ~230. My "peak fighting weight" is 200. My goal is to achieve and maintain that.

Kudos and such.

it's great you set difficult goals for yourself (1)

xutopia (469129) | more than 8 years ago | (#13804051)

it is clear that you are visualising moves and seeing it in the eyes of your opponent to see what you did wrong. I believe you have the determination and will power to take him on next time you challenge him. Best of luck.

Re:it's great you set difficult goals for yourself (1)

Quantum Jim (610382) | more than 8 years ago | (#13806192)

Thank you very much. I wish I was as confident as you! I just hope I'm not over-analyzing things... or worrying too much. ;-)
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