2nd Annual Marcus Soares Invitational
Saturday the 21st I competed at the 2nd Annual Marcus Soares Invitational, a WBJJF submission-only tournament. The venue was in North Van, and quite nice both inside and outside. The day was sunny and just warm enough, and inside was a well-run tournament that finished around 2:30 in the afternoon. It is amazing they stayed on time despite having only three mats for competitors.
I partook in both Gi and No-Gi, Lightweight for Gi and Middleweight for No-Gi. I was looking forward to trying my wrestling out for the first time this year. My Gi match was against former wrestler and long-time competitor Jordan Guevara. I knew about his wrestling going into this, and decided to go for it anyways. While he would get the submission finish on me, I saw a few spots that I would have to tighten up on.
No-Gi fared better, though I still didn’t score my takedown that I wanted. Richard Jack, a former teammate of Clint Cooper’s from the island, eventually pulled guard when he realized that I knew more than enough not to enter a half-clinch with him. My arm-drag prior to the guard pull was unsuccessful because I did not get my hips in close enough. We battled in guard for a while with Richard pulling off a sweep. I countered by forcing a lumberjack sweep on him and lifting his feet right off the mat. He managed to lock in a straight ankle lock to get the win.
My plan was to get a podium finish and then pull something off that I had never done before, but I only managed the second item: I proposed to my girlfriend. Granted, the way I did so was probably better as it was low-key and we were all but ignored as she said “yes”. Fortunately my friend James from Caliber Images was there and helped to capture the moment for us.
That was my weekend in a nutshell, and my excuse for why this post is a week late …
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