My first competition at Purple Belt… European Champion.
Well, a long overdue post but I went out to Portugal in January (flew out on my birthday as it goes) and competed in the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) European BJJ Championships.
Now I recently heard Dana White tell Connor McGregor in a TV documentary never to apologise for a win, but I can’t help it. It was a small category, just the two of us (under 64kg, Purple Belt Masters 3). I won on points. (as opposed to ‘by submission’).
I have competed a lot (see some of my record here) but I have never been so exhausted as I did on this occasion. I was dying. I didn’t know I was up on points, I just thought I had to pass (guard) to win – but I had nothing left in the tank. Then I remembered where I was and what was resting on it, so I just went for it. I passed, and won and in the process almost threw up on the mat which would have got me disqualified.
When the ref called time and stood us up after only 5 minutes, I couldn’t believe it. It felt like 60 seconds. On leaving the mat, I felt major motivation to train harder and improve because I never wanted a match to be that difficult again.
It was an awesome trip and I loved Barrio Alto (Party!) on Saturday night. I can’t wait to go back next year and try to take gold again. It was a very memorable weekend.
Next year, I will still be purple belt but I will have 12 months more experience and I am going to train my butt off!
Gotta fly, I have a S&C session to make at Crossfit Cardiff. Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed it!