|Trevor finally caught me!|
First and foremost a big "Obrigado" goes out to Ron Dupuis for running a great weekend of BJJ action! Both the seminar and the tournament started on time, ran smoothly and overall were great events. Honestly IBJJF take note... though this tournament may shy to you in comparison of numbers, I did not witness one blown call all day from these referee's whom BTW have not been "professionally trained" by you. Thank you Ron for bringing Jean Jacques to Canada and the midwest. And if you are in the area make sure you train with the best, Windsor BJJ!
Secondly I must state... coastal residents of the United States... make it a priority to visit the midwest / mid Canada in the next year. Take notes and mimic their attitudes! Seriously this was the nicest, most awesome group of competitors I have ever fought with. I have been a participant in many different martial genres, competitions, and events in the past 22 years; I can say truly the camaraderie and brotherhood found in BJJ is second to none.
Coach Reed of Reed's Martial Arts in Cincinnati brought a large group up which included Stu "Studebaker" Diamond (silver medal white belt heavyweight) of the Takedown Radio Show! Matt "Iron Man" Reilman (gold I believe in blue belt heavyweight) who was an awesome training partner (quit calling me "sir" dude!!!) and a future MMA star on Bellator! Write the name down you heard it here first. Amanda Benjamin (double medal winner white belt middleweight) who you will also see in female MMA in the next couple years. Last but not least Bryan Dods who was promoted to brown belt, congrats!
|Prof Machado watching the action!|
For those I forgot to mention... apologies from a foggy brain ;)
On to my fights... due to the number of malnourished grapplers in Canada there were no big purple belts so Ron asked me if I would like to fight Scott, who is my size exactly, but a brown belt. I said "Hell's yizzy! I am here for fun and experience!" By the time our division was called Bryan Dod was included in the group though he only weighed in at 130#'s! A true gamer in what became a brown belt absolute division!
|Brown Belt division champs!|
After Scott I got a short breather before fighting Bryan. With Ron distracting me by giving me shit from the sidelines, Bryan had the clear advantage even though I had 70 pounds on the guy. As we scrambled from his deep half I end up in his guard and subject to AMAZING posture control strength on his end! I could not gain it back!! The new brown belt sunk in a nut cracker choke with his fist to the point everyone thought I was out because my head turned purple. Little do they know... ok... I ain't going to bullshit... I was 1 second away from being out! It came on fast! Bryan choked out the win taking gold proving size matters not in BJJ!
Best part of the day... having Jean Jacques Machado drape a silver medal around my neck!!! Hell's yeah!
Thanks to my training partners back in Seattle, and especially my coach Brian Johnson whom has never given up on me. Thanks to Armbar Soap Co. for keeping the cooties off me, and of course my sponsor 1914 BJJ Kimonos who make THE best gi's on the market!! Again I can't thank all of you enough, especially Jean Jacques Machado and Jay Zabellos for a great weekend of training, making friends, and proving that martial arts truly bring people together and form lifelong bonds. I share blood sweat and tears with my brothers and sisters. This will never be forgotten.