American Nationals 2014 – Carlson Gracie Team Wrap-up

Weekend Recap: Another IBJJF American Nationals championship comes to a close. I am so glad the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation decided not to move this event elsewhere in the country as rumored last year. This has long been one of my favorite events of the year and we always get to see breakthroughs for our students here. Also this is by far the most professionally run event that I have ever experienced to date everything was on time and smooth. Great job by all.

Day 1: I just had a really off day, I couldn’t seem to get anything going. Even in the first round win I felt like a fish out of water. Sometimes it happens. I want to congratulate Professor Joao “Johnny” Paulo Faria for handing me the most one sided loss I’ve had in a long time. He played the perfect strategy against me and I never got to pull the trigger on anything, You’re tough as hell and I look forward to facing you in the future.

Day 2: People often don’t realize Jiu-Jitsu is 90% Mental. Today I felt more focused and centered. I was fortunate enough to submit all my opponents and in my last two matches I pulled off back to back Baratoplatas, something I’ve never attempted in competition. As a result I was able to finish the weekend with a silver and two gold coffee coasters, becoming an 11 time American National winner.

tom-preciousI’m really enjoying my first year at Black Belt, I’m finding that most of my opponents have been Black Belts longer than I’ve been training and have such vast Experience. I really look up to them. I welcome all the lessons I’m learning just by being on the mat in their company. Each Time, Every time, I’m learning something in these matches and it makes me want to compete constantly. My professor Master Carlson Gracie Jr. told me as a White belt “Go compete! you’ll learn things…” Lol! & although I don’t really follow the saying of there is no losing you only win or learn, (I’ve lost before. A lot actually) You definitely learn a lot if you trust the process. — Thanks to my family, teammates, all those I’ve learned from, the people that create these events and especially my opponents. I love the battles.

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