Over a week has gone by since the British Open in Birmingham. Usually, after this time, I am able to think and analyse the positives and the negatives in my performance without being overly emotional and accept the fact that a lot of the time, I make the wrong decisions. That’s the beauty of competitions I suppose, it pushes you to be able to think under pressure. I have noticed a lot, that at my current belt (purple), a single wrong move or decision… can cost you the match.
The competition itself was held at the NEC Birmingham. The same venue as the Body Power Expo. So, a lot was happening during the 3 day period (10-12th May). Different belts and age groups were fighting at different dates. The ladies fought on Saturday, which was fun because it has been a long time since I competed with people from the gym and go as a team together with my Coach present. The venue was huge, with many stands selling different things from T-shirts to teeth whitener. UK Grapple Scene was there also to record the fights which was great, but you do have to be a member and pay a small fee to access the videos. The warm up area was disappointing. It was small, and there was only one. Considering they stated that there were going to be over 1000 fighters present, I was hoping for a bigger warm up area and changing rooms. But, hey… you work with what you have.
The matches for me, were good. I got to work on some guard pull to sweep, a take down and guard passes. Those were the positives. The negative was… lousy armbar attempts, which… in the last 2 minutes of the final, cost me the match. Also, lack of sleep and food has drained my energy to fight. Clawing your way back out from bad positions required energy which I didn’t have. This I’ve noticed is a re-occurring theme in my competition journey… but still have not done a single thing to fix it (go figure). I think my mind is so anxious that I’m always unable to sleep and eat properly. A note for self-improvement. Overall, it was a fun day out with the team. I almost forgot what it’s like to go out with support and people shouting behind you. It was great. A load of learning for the next competition definitely, but this time, a silver medal will do.