Grapplefest 8

So I wanted to write a blog about how it amazing it felt to win on Grapplefest 8 however, unfortunately it wasn’t my day.  So instead I have wrote a blog about learning not to put too much pressure on the end result. At the end of the day, next week or even by tomorrow noone else will even care about the result, but you! 

Grapplefest 8 was a great event and with a 70% submission rate from all the matches, it is a testament to all the hard work Chris and Daren put into match making! All of the matches were high pace, exciting matches! I could not fault the event at all, the matches started on time, had a quick turn around and ended by 9pm! I especially liked the music playing in the background during the matches causing an atmosphere which is usually lacking during submission only events. There’s nothing worse than competing in complete silence, with only the sounds of scuffling and heavy breathing to break the silence! There wouldn’t be silence at your gym or any other tournament so why is it at sub onlys? 

So I had a great time despite not getting the result I wanted! (scroll down to find the full card results). We came to Liverpool for the weekend as we hadn’t been there before, and managed to do a bit of exploring before and after the event. Visiting the city radio tower, the royal albert docks, tate museum and eating alot of food (mmm pancakes make everything better).

Photo by J Han Tan

Now back to the competition. In any competition I need to learn not to put too much pressure on myself. I think alot of people do this, not just me. At the end of the day you have chosen to be there, chosen this challenge, put yourself forward onto the biggest stage, for what? That amazing winning feeling were all chasing. However, it doesnt always go like that, so we need to learn to enjoy the process, set little goals for the match or even before hand. So what ever the outcome, we feel good. Try not to put unnecessary stress on yourself or your body, only weight cut if absolutely needed! This match was U65kg but I weighed in at 61kg, which for some people this would be too under weight for their liking. As its always good to be at the top of the weight class. However, for this event I did not need to worry as I knew my opponent would also be under weight, as she normally competes at the weight class below mine. Weight cutting can cause you stress and anxiety for weeks before a big competition. So unless you are at the top level and your coach is telling you that you need to, dont put that uneeded stress on yourself.

The next thing that everyone feels is competition day nerves, that feeling of nausea mixed with excitement! You can sense it when you walk into a room full of competitors. The warm up area is always a room full of anticipation as everyone eagerly waits there turn to compete and see their fate for that day. But why are competition day nerves a thing? How do some people look cool as a cucumber while others are so anxious they have visited the bathroom 38 times! As a competitor myself I dont think this feeling will ever go away, and its good to have a little bit of nerves, but you need to be able to channel them into focus and aggression as your adrenaline rises when its your turn to shine. Otherwise you are playing catch up with your opponent from the get go.

Photo by Jay Chow

I just have to rememeber to enjoy the process, if it’s not fun why are you doing it? Who cares what you achieved as a purple belt or brown belt when your a black belt? Yes it’s an amazing achievement, I’m not putting down on anyone’s wins at tournaments, and I would be so incredibly happy if I won at Grapplefest this weekend. However, for the 50% of people who didn’t win, it’s ok! It only matters right now until the next tournament and everyone moves on 🙂 What truly matters is that you pick yourself up (myself included) get back to the gym and work on what needs to be changed for next time. Remember, you can choose when your ready to compete next, if you want to at all. Jiu-jitsu is about forging your own path, learning new techniques and being part of a team.

I hope you enjoyed the blog, and thanks again to Chris and the Grapplefest Team for putting on a great event. Here is the full card results:

Jack Rimmer submits Alfie Parker via shoulder lock

Thomas Burroughs defeats Cemil Yesilyurt via Judge’s Decision.

Danny Stirk defeats Ken Ng via Judge’s Decision.

Kevin McAloon defeats Charlie Johnstone via Judge’s Decision.

Jack Brown submits Carl Conway via Heel Hook.

Aidan Pinder submits Tyreeze Cunliffe via Rear Naked Choke.

Jamie Shattock defeats Cal Rawson via Judge’s Decision.

Sarah Greenwood submits Mel Wright via Armbar.

Josh Roberts submits Ryan Bassett via Rear Naked Choke.

Jack Fletcher submits Declan Williams via Guillotine.

Aaran Jordan submits Charlie Cawley via Reverse Triangle.

Marina Mavrou submits Lisa Major via Rear Naked Choke.

Ruben Enjily defeats Shane Curtis via Judge’s Decision.

Jack Tyley submits Liam Alpang via Kneebar.

Paul Webb submits Rob Platt.

Jordan Cooper submit Harry Bennett via Kimura.

Omar Fredricks submit Ste Henshall via Triangle.

Grapplefest 8 Results – Main Card

Ben Hills submits Stefan Petrov via Triangle Armbar.

Ellis Younger submits Chris Walsh via Rear Naked Choke.

Paul Lukowski submits Adam Ellis.

Owen Livesey defeats Alberto Gonzalez via Judge’s Decision.

Eoghan O’flanagan defeats Sebastian Szyszka via Judge’s Decision.

Robert Degle defeats Jay Butler via Injury.

Jack Grant submit John Maguire via Flying Armbar.

Santeri Lilius submit Stuart Cooper via Arm Triangle.

Ben Hodgkinson submits Ed Ingamells via Rear Naked Choke.

Kade Ruotolo defeats Ash Williams via Judge’s Decision. (Wins The 70kg Championship Title)

Dante Leon defeats Tye Ruotolo via Judge’s Decision.

Jon “Thor” Blank submits Adam Wardzinski via Heel Hook.
(Wins The 90kg Championship Title)

Photo by Jay Chow