We had a student from West Side go to the 2010 Pan Am in the blue belt division. I buy the "Best Fight" videos from Budovideos.com each year. They are always educational. But they aren’t the same as being there in person. So it was nice to get to talk to someone who had gone for the first time face to face. He brought back techniques that none of us had seen before. At a tournament like the Pan Am you get to see the cutting edge of BJJ evolution. He also had a very different experience compared to a local tournament. It sounded to me like no mercy was shown. Gabrielle Garcia was filling up the seats at the aid station as fast as they opened them up. I understand she broke Penny Thomas’s arm. I also understand the black belt competition is electrified. The black belts don’t hold back. Its one thing to see them on the videos but in person it is a whole different story. For instance, they don’t tighten up a submission until you tap, they slam it on hard. Then to top it all off the huge mass of practitioners cheering on their teams. Its like the Super Bowl of BJJ.
I don’t know if I’ll ever be up to that caliber to compete in the Pan Am but I plan on attending a few times. I hope next year to have the time to sit down and watch them streamed live on Budovideos.com. I’m marking my calendar for next year right after this post.
I have had the worst writer’s block the last week. I failed my New Years goal of writing 5 posts a week. But I will still consider it a win if I improve from last year.
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