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American National Championship -2016

 

So this past weekend, I competed in the American National Tournament in Las Vegas. It was my first time out to Vegas and out to this tournament. I had a blast out there and did some good work out there as well. This tournament is part of the UFC International Fight Week, so I got to go to the Fan Expo for free for participating.

This was my first time doing no-gi at an IBJJF tournaments so it was really interesting compared to the gi. I hardly every train no-gi so I don’t know as many takedowns as I would know how to do in the gi. Because I scared all of the people in my weight class from trying to challenge me, I got a gold medal in my weight class for no-gi, which allowed for me to participate in the open.

I had two matches in the no-gi open class. My first match was against my first runner. This girl ran away from me for 6 minutes. She got a penalty against her because she kept backing away and running away from me the entire match. So I had my first runner, guess I really am an imposing figure on the mat with only being 5 feet flat.

My next match the girl immediately jumped guard, so then I was just standing there shaking her off. I eventually take her down to the ground without slamming. I then try to go break her guard, but I don’t have my grips so I then do something and she is super flexible and rolls overs and gets my arm and cranks it. So I tap to the armbar. But I still ended up with 3rd for the open class for No-Gi.

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Then I had a break between No-Gi and Gi. Then my Gi matches started.

My first gi match, I went out there and threw them to ground. Then I just worked my game to get her down and worn out. She was getting tired and I will still all guns blazing so we went around and then finally got her in a choke as time was running out. So I won that match up on points.

Then I had my next match, she attempted to throw me for six minutes to the ground. I was trying to break her grip off my one arm, and every time she would come down low, I would attack the back of her head trying to snap her down. She was about 7 inches taller and much longer than me. But I kept moving forward and trying to attack. It ended up going to a ref decision and with her being an Gracie Barra student we know how that went. But I already had 3 medals on the day and was waiting on the open.

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While I waited for the gi open class, I got too chill out for a while and use FaceTime to show Geri match from TNBJJ to Rachel so she could coach her. Shout out to Geri for taking Sliver in her first tournament.

Then I had my gi open class division. I had to win my first match to even take home a medal. So I went out there and just worked my game. I was able to get the girl to the ground three times during the match. I was never able to get her into side control but was able to get to her back and choke her for the last few minutes of the fight. She kept trying to fight it off, but you could hear her gasping for her as I kept pulling it tighter and tighter across her neck.  She was super upset when she walked of the mat.

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Then I had my next match in the gi, I had used all my energy and strength in the last match so I went out tried to grab my grips, but she reached me first. We went to the ground and we rolled for a while, but she bested me and got the win. But I was going to get bronze in that open too.

So for that day’s work of work, I was coming home with 1 Gold, 1 Silver, and 2 Bronze medals. It was a lot of work and the most matches I have ever had in one day. But I know what I need to work on and on to start training for the next tournament.

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Atlanta BJJ Pro -2016

So  this past weekend, I competed at the IBJJF Atlanta BJJ Pro. It was  a smaller tournament than what the Atlanta Open, but there also so many more tournament options for this weekend to. But I got up about 4:30 in the morning and set sail for Atlanta. I was supposed to compete around 11:45, but was thinking because it was smaller they may run early. My division started at 11:20 and we were done by noon. I was in a division of 3, which is ran more like a double elimination than any other size bracket with IBJJF.

First match, was against the woman who beat me in February. The thing that I learned from this fight is that I have to work on my throwing power. She is a taller and heavier opponent so for me it is much harder to throw her, but we had a lot of scrambles. Also saw that my cardio was so much better than in my past competitions. She was breathing hard on top of me while I’m waiting on my chance, at the end, I was finally able to get from underneath her and dump her. It was a good battle, but she came out on top.

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Second match, I had against another tall woman. Every tournament, someone always grabs the back of my gi and tries to pull it straight over my head. Every. Single. Time. So there is that and then we just battled back and forth. This was her first match and she was tired from the start. I didn’t get my point for a few things, so that was frustrating. At the end, I was on top, trying to choke her as time expired. I felt really good during both of these matches which only speaks to everything that I have been doing by cutting out gluten and dairy. Now it is time to refine and execute for my next competition.

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So I took 3rd out of 3 with 2 hard fought matches. Didn’t get submitted in either one, and could have kept going with more matches. I didn’t stay for the open because since it was supposed to storm on my way home, I didn’t want to be driving in the storm at dark. So I swing by Ikea and got a few things before I headed home. So back to the grind to prepare for what is next.

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2016 Team Training

So on Saturday we had our annual Team Shawn Hammonds team training and it was awesome. Last year team training was during the middle of a ice storm so a lot of people couldn’t make it in. This year, it was a cloudy but other wise great day. We had our an pancake breakfast before to raise money for our grappling for gold fund to help competitors go compete at the big stages.

So team training started about 11 and it was already hot in the gym and I am a person who doesn’t tolerate the heat well. We had a lot of promotions across the association, but shout out to Chandler who received his black belt and Nathan who received his purple. They were both well deserved promotions of these two great guys.

Then we had the seminar portion of team training where we rotated to 4 different black belt to hopefully learn something that we could add to our games. I will say that I learned bit and pieces that I can add to my game, there was a move that my legs are just no long enough to do well. Thank you Rachel, Javier, Brian and Chewy for the great techniques that were shown. Going to try and drill those this week.

Then we had time to roll, i got a lot to good rolls in felt good against a lot of people. Means all of the work that I am putting in is paying off. After we got done rolling, there was a shrimp boil. The food was amazing. I’m still thinking about that food it was so good. So a good team training day had by me.

Can you find me in the photos?

My team runs deep.

 

The Snow is melting so I am cooking

Even here in the south we get hit by snow so sometimes. The weather people got it right this time and at my house we received about 7 inches of snow in about a day. We are not prepared for this ever. And I did not go to the store the night before, but I was prepared with plenty of food in my deep freezer so we have plenty to eat. But now I am getting back to grind this week so here is my meal plan for this week.

Breakfast: Oatmeal with Granola, Chicken Sausage, Green Powder w/ Almond Milk

Snack: Ostrim Jerky and Nuts

Lunch: Shredded Beef Burrito Bowl w/ Brown Rice

Link for the the recipe for the meat: http://www.thecookingjar.com/slow-cooker-shredded-beef-tacos/

Snack: Mighty Muffins or Protein Cookies

Dinner:  Sesame Honey Chicken with Vegetables

Here is the link for the chicken: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2013/02/crock-pot-sesame-honey-chicken.html

I have started meal prepping on Monday, since I am at home already I can make sure that my food doesn’t burn. It is working at much better for me since I use that day to recover anyway and I’m stressing about how I will get it done on the weekend. Since most of my food goes in the crockpot, it only takes a few minutes while I’m working from home to get it set up and cooking.

I have been training hard for the last few weeks getting ready for the first competition of the year at the Atlanta Open next weekend. This is going to be a good year I can feel it. Got out in the snow for the first time to go open mat at Jiu-Jitsu Nation and got a lot of good work in. Felt good to get out and train hard.

Leprechaun out

 

 

What took almost 2 years, a lot of work, dragging my butt to gym when I didn’t want to..

is me getting my Blue Belt. Yeah, that’s right, on September 1, 2015, I obtained my blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I had no clue, that was going to be the day that I got my blue belt and quite a lot has changed for me since I got it. I am in the best shape that I have ever been in my life and still getting better every day. When I first started, I was a month out from having finishing my masters so I wanted to find something to do with my newly found free time.  I had remembered Nashville MMA from when I was younger and they used to be in 100 Oaks mall. I didn’t have the time or money then, but always said one day I will go do it. I started on September 10, 2013 with the intro to MMA class, because I didn’t have a gi at the time and I felt like death after that first class was over.

Now after 10 competitions and almost 2 full years of training, I have obtained the rank of blue belt, which is a huge step, most people who start never get here, but I have stayed with it for 2 years and it something that I plan on continuing to do as long as I can. The end goal for me is always black belt.  I have learned so much about myself over these last 2 years. I am able to do so many things that I thought I wouldn’t be able to do. I have learned that my weight and height can be advantage where in a lot of other places they are not.  I have learned how to be more social and have made a lot of friends that I trust to release when I tap. I have learned so much about they call the gentle art.

I survived my belt test with probably close to 30 people including 7 black belts on the mat the night I got my blue belt. This isn’t something that I plan on stopping anytime soon. I may take a week of to let my body recover so I can come back stronger, but I am fully committed to continuing to do jiu-jitsu.

I do want to say thank you to my professors and teammates, who have all taught me something a long the way. That you understand that I can’t see without my glasses on so you come grab when we are rolling. It has been a great two years and this is something I will continue doing. I have learned to fight to the death and to never give up.

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This is a picture of me after my belt test with all of the black belts. I survived and they are holding me up after the aftermath with my shinny new blue belt.

 

Leprechaun Out,

white to blue

#YouCantTeachHeart

IBJJF Summer Atlanta Open 2015

Another day another competition down,  I competed again this summer in the IBJJF Atlanta Summer Open.  This is the first time it was a two day tournament in Atlanta so I competed in Sunday morning, instead of late in the afternoon. So I got to venue around 9:30 as my division was scheduled  to go at 10:50. So got there got changed and then started to listen to my music before going into the bullpen. I had a division of 5 this time and I didn’t get the bye so I had 3 matches to get to gold, while everyone else would only have 2. So I was like bring it on.  I got ready and the ring coordinator for ring 3 called us over and got us all together. I was going to have the first match because I didn’t get the bye.

Match 1- Before the match, Rachel is like get your throw and so I go on the mats, get my grips and throw her. She catches me with a lasso grip, while I’m on top and she holds it. She asks her coach and then she finally lets it go, I stay on top and up by points to with the match. The Link to the match is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gx_5zvFzGOg

Match 2 – Going up against a taller female this time, we go back and forth, she is up by points, but I get my second wind and come back throw her twice, then go to back mount then to full mount to come back from behind to beat her. I am still trying to figure out what she was trying to do when she was jumping. The link to the second mach is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cybFdzszPiw

Match 3 – Had another good opponent, we stood up, battled for a while, tried to throw her, got her in half guard and then just battled for the entire round. This was my finals match, she came out victious, but i still felt like a winner. Has gone what I had set my mind to and won 2 out of 3. The link to the finals match is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJUrRVd7-lE

It was a good day, had some good battles and already planning my next competitions out. Here is the my podium picture.

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You can’t teach heart and fight until the death,

Leprechaun a.k.a ninja

Fuji Bjj Nashville Jiu-Jitsu Championship

This past weekend, I competed in the Fuji Bjj Nashville Jiu- Jitsu Championship in Clarksville. I will say that the last two tournaments that I have competed in have been  very well ran and I have been done competing before two in the afternoon. Yes, these tournaments have been been smaller but I have enjoyed how they run the adults and the kids at the same time. It means that i don’t have to wait around all day for the kids to go before I can compete.

I was at the venue pretty early for a tournament to get weighed in and situated that morning. I was just hoping that i would have someone to compete against. The only thing about smaller events is that divisions are usually broken out a lot more and I usually end up with just one match, while the lighter girls have more. So I waited through the rules meeting to find my mat assignment. I was assigned to mat 6 for all of the adult females.

My first and only match in the gi was with a blue belt as that was the only person that was similar enough to me for them to match me up with. I am willing to fight who ever they put in front of me. So we fought, she ended up winning by points and the link to the fight is here:

I thought I held my own with her, my own real big issue is with my gi. When I received it over a year ago, it fit much better than it does now. My legs and body have shrank in inches so it is much to big for me to continue to compete in. I had so many issue with both the top and the bottom that I am now going to be looking for a new competition gi, that doesn’t as easily get pulled over and is a bit more fitted than the one I have now. It has held up well for me over the last year, but its time to retire it as it gives up to much of an advantage to others.

It was a good match, and I was trying to beat a 50 year old woman, while she is trying to be a white belt. So it was a great match up. She also competed against my teammate in the blue belt divisions as well.

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So then I watch my other teammates compete as I wait for No-Gi competition to start later that afternoon. They start doing adult females and I find out that I have no opponent for no-gi.  They asked some others if they had wanted to compete against me, but them or their coaches had said no. I will write more about this later as this is something that frequently happens to me. So I got an refund for that division and then watched a few matches before I left because i was getting hungry.

All in all, it was a good day of competing, even though I didn’t win I learned something. I also now am in search for a better fitting gi, so if anyone has any recommendations I would definitely appreciate it.

 

 

Copa America Nashville

So yesterday I competed for the first time since the Atlanta Open back in January.  I spent most of the spring preparing for the half marathon so I backed down on the competitions that I did this spring. So this was my first one back and my first once since I had really been able to see a leap in my movement and jiu-jitsu.

This competition wasn’t far from home, it was just about 45 minutes away in Gallatin at the Gallatin Civic Center so I was like I would go compete. The nerves started like Friday night and by Saturday I woke up before 7 and could feel them like no others. So I get up there and just chill out for a while. The venue only had 6 mats and I figured it would be a small tournament.

The tournament was really well run and to have the adults go at the same time as the kids was awesome for me because I was able to be done before noon. Most tornunanet I have to wait around all day to have my first match but it was good to be done early so it didn’t feel as if my whole day was going to be consumed by the tournament.

I had one match yesterday and it was a good match. I got my first win in a competition which was awesome with as many times I have competed. It was the first medal that I had truly earned. I have medaled before but this medal is special and to win so close to home was awesome. My competitor was taller than me, but I outweighed her so it all works out.

Here is a video of my match: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7p9vcPcYP9s

I am excited to be back competing and look forward to competing as much as possible the  rest of the year. 🙂

Still need to find a gi top that doesn’t come over my head and is not huge, so if you know of any companies, let me know.

Leprechaun out

I did it…the Country Music Half Marathon

So yesterday was the day of the Country Music Half Marathon and I was running as a St. Jude Hero for the race. I was in corral 38 which was about 5 blocks back from the start line. So about an hour after corral 1, I was let go to start the race. Then 3 hours and 53 minutes later I finished the race. I am very happy that I completed the race and did not give up. There were many points along the course I was like why am I doing this, and then someone who was cheering would tell me to keep it up and that I was doing good. They would tell me how much longer I had left which was awesome because at times I had no clue where I was at.

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I want to say Thank you to everything who was out cheering all of the runners on until the very end. I wasn’t fast, so a lot of the crowds had left by the time I had come around but for the people who were still out there. You made my race great. I didn’t realize how many people would party in their front yards for this and so it was very awesome to see. Next year, I plan on doing something for the runners because they deserve it. I may have not been fast, but I was faster than anyone still staying on the couch.  Some of the signs that I saw while running were very funny as well. The one that gave the laugh when I really needed it was If running was easy it would be your MOM. I saw that about mile 7 and it made me truly laugh.

Here is how i felt per mile:

Mile 1: I got this, feeling good.

Mile 2: Okay, I got this hill

Mile 3: I should come eat Sushi here soon

Mile 4: I didn’t know all of these businesses were over here

Mile 5: I’m getting hungry and I smell BBQ

Mile 6: Okay, I am starting to feel my feet

Mile 7: Why am I out here doing this

Mile 8: Seriously, I have like 5 more miles

Mile 9: Okay, I could stop now and save my legs

Mile 10: Okay, this isn’t so bad, but my fingers look like little sausgae

Mile 11: I need water and food

Mile 12: Okay, this is the last hill thanks sweet baby jesus

Mile 13: Who Hoo

Mile 13.1: I am done 🙂

I had a lot of feeling throughout the entire race, and there were plenty of times that I wanted to quit and give up. But i dug down super deep and I got the 1/2 marathon under the course limit of 4 hours by like 7 minutes. But I have finished a half marathon and how many people out there can say that. I have already told Eva if I get this ideal again please slap the crap out of me because I am hurting today. I’m getting a massage in a few hours so that should work some of it out. But I accomplished one of my resolutions I said I was at the beginning of the year and I couldn’t be happier even through the pain.

This was my reward for finishing the race 🙂

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Smokey Mountain Grappling Tournament – 2014

On April 26th, I competed for the first time at the Smokey Mountain Grappling Tournament in TN. It was about an 3 hour drive from home to get there. So once I got up there, the first thing you did was weigh in which was a bit weird to have to weigh in by the door because you are coming in with all of your stuff .  You don’t weigh in by the mats like some other tournaments. So I weighed in and then proceeded to go the gym. This was definitely a small tournament with only 4 mats going and come to find out that there where only 3 female adult white  belts competing which was kind odd, but not unusual. So 20 minutes after I got there they call me down and say I am going to be competing in less than 10 minutes. It wasn’t a hurry up and wait kind of day at that tournament which was good . So by the time I change they are ready for us on the mats.

I actually didn’t get the fight videoed, but from what I can remember is that she got on top and just stayed there. She really didn’t try to go for any submissions but just surfboarded the entire time on top of me. She had great pressure and due to my weak shoulder I really couldn’t do anything with her on top of me. So time ran out and I lost and got second place. I was going to do the open in the GI, but that wasn’t going to be until after all of the gi and no-gi had finished and so my teammates and I decided just to ride back to Nashville after getting some lunch and have the rest of the sunny Saturday. I can definitely tell I am improving day in and out so that is all I can wish for. I know that I will soon start seeing the victories and that is what keeps me going.