I apologize that this is a few days late. I'm on spring break...
of all, my exam went very well! It
was a long exam (170 questions in about 4 hours) but very fair I thought and I knew a lot of the information
and was able to synthesize it. So that was a big weight off my shoulders. Also,
before I delve into Chicago, the weight cut also went well! I actually ended up
being 126 with the gi at weigh in and had to be under 129. The cut honestly sucked, and I
wouldn’t like to repeat the experience any time soon, but it worked and I still
felt healthy and strong at the end.
|View from our balcony|
was FUN in so many ways. It was a
trip out of Ohio, which is always exciting, to a big city with lots of shopping
plus I got to test out my BJJ skills. My brother and I stayed at a very nice
hotel and spent Friday night walking through downtown and ate at an incredibly
delicious steakhouse (Gibsons) which I highly recommend! Saturday morning I
worked out to a view overlooking the city, then we spend the day shopping on
Michigan Ave (and to compensate for the delicious meal the night before ate all
of a salad, tea, and a protein shake). Started freaking out a little bit about
competing on Saturday night, but I am an incredibly lucky girl to have teammates
who put up with me and will text me encouraging words over and over until I
finally calm down.
|CHI from Starbucks|
Sunday was the big day! We actually
woke up early and walked downtown for a bit just to calm my nerves and get some
blood flowing (plus we got caramel corn to bring home). To say I was freaking
out from the moment I woke up would be no exaggeration – but it was more of an excited adrenaline rush. When we got to
Chicago State I was just ready to go. Double checked my weight on the scale,
sipped water, and the next thing I know I’m in the bullpen getting my gi
checked. Side note, they put white belt gi competition on the day of no gi so a
whole bunch of my teammates weren’t there which was kind of a bummer. But
luckily some of my really good friends surprised me and came to support me!
That made my day. Plus I did have really awesome teammates there and one of
them ended up being a really great coach.
|On the right, girl with the Ribeiro patch is me.|
gained most from the tournament was that I need to learn to maintain a dominant
position and take my time. I also need to learn to finish those gosh darn
triangles, for some reason they continue to evade me! Don’t pull guard when
someone has your pant leg, you’ll lose two points, and also don’t let them
control your head in half guard. And regardless of the fact that I can do eight
6 minute matches in a row in the academy, 5 minutes can genuinely feel like an
eternity in competition. I also learned that I need to play my game and not let
them play theirs. And the standing part of the match, definitely not my favorite - should work on that. Overall, it was an incredible experience and I ended up taking home a bronze medal!
Not bad for my first IBJJF tournament! [Though, I did actually miss the podium… long story.] That third place really is a TEAM effort, as I wouldn't be where I was without the help of so many others. So it's as much theirs as it is mine. Afterwards we got some seriously delicious deep dish Chicago pizza, some Starbucks, and headed home.
|3rd place Female Adult White Belt Feather|
I had such an incredible
outpouring of support from all my family, classmates, friends, and teammates
throughout the training process, the competition, and afterwards. And I want to
say THANK YOU. Thank you all for
pushing me to be the best I can be and for never letting me give up, even on
days I may have wanted to. I am so proud
to be a medical student, but I was just as proud to be competing with the
Ribeiro patch on my back and with the support of my Ribeiro family.
I have another super exciting announcement to make as well,
but this is already long enough. Look for the update in a few days.
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