My first match I went against a shorter opponent, but he seemed to me that his weight was close to mine. I weighed about 283lbs that day. I went for several takedown set ups for a hip toss or a single leg. I didn't want to mess around for a double leg. I didn't see anything that I like for after 2 minutes, so I pulled half guard.
Once my opponent got on top, I went straight to deep half guard to the homer simpson sweep. I ended up on his half guard and set up the arm bar from that position. I didn't spend too much energy, so ended up okay for the next match.
My second match, I went up against a bigger and taller opponent. I didn't like anything that was presented to me during the stand up, so I pulled half guard again, but my set up wasn't good, so it ended up being an open guard. My opponent ended up going to side control a couple of times. I turtled up and did a granby roll. He passed my guard again and got a crucifix position from side control and he finished me with an axe choke from there.
Pro: I learned from my experience yesterday that my strength and conditioning is very good for BJJ as a heavyweight. I felt that I was the strongest guy in the mat. My experience from the tournaments for the past month definitely helped me keep calm and move accordingly against my opponents in my weight class. I started using moves that I normally don't use, but I do rep a lot in.
Con: I didn't have a camp to work on my weakness, I was constantly injured. I'm unsure if my timing was still off or not. I was hesitant on the takedowns and going on to certain positions, since my shoulder was messed up from last week and my ribs were sore. I took the week off from rolling, so it goes to show how bad it was.
Another thing that I need to work on, but I did improve in this tournament, was that I was more aggressive. I need to use my strength more and I need to stop trying to use just technique. I'm not sure if it was the injuries that was in the back of my head, but I know that I a lot more strength and speed that I can use during my matches.
I need to work on my takedowns. That is my biggest weakness. I rely too much on my half guard, sweeps, and reversals to get me through. I know once I get on top, it's a high percentage that I will more likely finish my opponent. I'm not a points type of guy in these tournaments. I'm more like kill or be killed in these type of environments.
Thank you to Scott McCarthy, Jonny Cheng, and Ricardo Franjinha Miller for being on the sidelines and helping me out. Thanks once again to my instructors, training partners, family, friends, and sponsors for all your help and support. Up next is the Brea Jiu Jitsu In House Tournament next Saturday. Mabuhay, Namaste, Dattebayo!!!