What I learned at the Scrap for the Skull Tournament

The Scrap for the Skull Tournament went well this year.  I did better then last year but because of the huge turn out of West Side guys most of us didn’t get to go against Foley guys.  We ended up against each other in some brackets.  It was lots of fun and a good experience.  I think this year it went a lot smoother too.

Here are some of the things I’ve learned from this years tournament:

  1. If you don’t have the dominate position don’t wait to see what happens.  I got in North South and expected a flurry of attempts for submission on me.  I realized not quickly enough that if I didn’t act time would tick away.  My opponent had the points and the dominate position, he could afford to wait for me to do something.
  2. I am very slow on reflexes related to take downs.  I just don’t react fast enough.  I need to improve this.
  3. I had a game plan from every major position but North South (how ironic).  Next time I need to think about North South and figure out what else I missed.
  4. Expect the unexpected.  Last years winner in my division was taken out by a dark horse who got a flying arm bar on him.  He didn’t even see it come.  The moral of the story was don’t rule out the techniques that seem risky just because you think they won’t try them.

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