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CBJJF Vancouver International Open

Saturday December 5th was the launch of the inaugural Vancouver International Open tournament, hosted by the CBJJF at the UBC War Memorial Gym.  They had close to 700 competitors, and a schedule that would have doors open at 7:45AM and the final matches start around 8PM.  A long day for all of the staff and volunteers, but we got through it with few incidents.  I had a few jobs as the day progressed: I started at the weigh-in table, moved to score-keeping and semi-impromptu ring coordination, and ended with Gi/No-Gi checks combined with a bouncer-style position to ensure a specific area remain open to those with a media or coaching pass.

I registered for Gi and No-Gi, Master 1 Middleweight for both.  The Gi division started as six of us, but had a late addition from the Master 2 bracket when half (a.k.a. one) of the opponents didn’t show up.  There ended up being three of us from Genesis, but fairly well separated by other matches.  My own match didn’t go very well, my long-time opponent Clay from Gravity BJJ pulled me down into a tight triangle choke in the opening seconds while I was busy setting up for a single-leg attack.  He was rewarded with the tap and moved on to face my teammate Rich.  At this point I was starving, so I grabbed some lunch from the volunteer’s food table and sat down with my cousin Courtney who had arrived in time watch my quick match.

My RDC teammate/cousin Mike had arrived as well, so we had a small family gathering of cousins until I returned to my volunteering duties.  The tournament was running behind as the day progressed, at the worst being about an hour behind schedule, but started getting back on track as the No-Gi division started.  Clay and I faced off once again, this time we battle for several minutes until a scramble gave me the opportunity to sink in a Rear Naked Choke at the expense of securing the position.  The gambit paid off and I was rewarded with the tap.

As always I was decked out in crisp new Gi from Triangle Athletics, and my go-to shorts and long-sleeve rashguard.  I haven’t worn the rashguard in a while, keeping to short sleeves while wrestling, but putting it on felt like coming home again; familiar, comfortable, and wondering why I didn’t wear it sooner.

Many of my Genesis teammates competed as well, and several of them made it to a podium finish.  Some of them competed in No-Gi for their first time with no prior training and had a lot of fun.  It will likely be my last tournament until February of 2016, and in the meantime I’ll be busy studying, enjoying time off, and starting yet another semester.20151205_184130

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
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Double Time!

I had yet another back-to-back set of tournaments:

  • CBJJF’s Western Canadian BJJ Championships in Penticton, BC, June 28th
  • Katana BJJ’s Roots BJJ Challenge in Richmond, BC, July 5th

I competed in Gi Lightweight for both tournaments, and in No-Gi Middleweight for the Western Canadians.

The Western Canadians!
Held at the South Okanagan Events Centre, it was spacious, with plenty of parking.  Inside were multiple change rooms and the new option to weigh in up to three hours before your scheduled division time.  This is a fantastic addition, allowing competitors to eat and hydrate before stepping on the mats.  My Gi Lightweight division was eleven large, myself included.  I unfortunately had to face off against RDC-teammate Cam Deleurme first round, and he got the better of me.  Between his stronger wrestling and my ineffective game plan, Cam maintained superior positions and secured a submission finish.  It was also the first tournament my parents, my aunt and uncle, and my grandmother were able to attend.  Definitely not my best performance.

After waiting the rest of the afternoon for No-Gi, our four-man division was called to the bull-pen and sent to mat 6.  My game plan seemed ineffective at first, I was stuck in bottom half-guard for three minutes or so, with a failed attempt to take the back, defending my opponent’s attempts at Kimura and Americana arm-locks.  Finally he destabilized his own base going for submissions that I was able to sweep him and secure the mount.  Now four points up, I could begin to work from a superior position.  Unfortunately, he managed a sweep in the closing 30 seconds, but in the end I prevailed 6-4.  It was onto the finals against Burnaby BJJ’s Zac who had a more dominant game and secured a rear-naked choke.  In the end I took Silver.

In between my Gi and No-Gi matches, I coached first-time competitor and teammate Eddie.  He was a recent addition to Genesis, and competed in the Master Male White Belt Middleweight division against five others.  He won his first match on points, second match via submission, and the finals via points.  My coaching voice hadn’t been used in a while, and barely made it to Ed’s third round.

Roots BJJ Challenge!
Once more held in the Fridge Gymnasium, it proved to be a busy tournament inside of a venue too small for the crowd.  Once more in the Lightweight Adult male division, I managed to arrive and change moments before they called my division up to the bullpen.  My first match would be against Graeme Martin of Powell River BJJ, the man I had gone against at the Copa Katana III in March.  Knowing this, I remembered his guard and triangles, and to shoot early and shoot fast for a takedown to bypass his guard.  Graeme kept me on my feet long enough to jump guard, and after transitioning from a cross-collar to an omaplata to a triangle, he sealed it in and finished it.  Lesson learned: work on breaking the guard quickly (or the standing break).

Now it’s about three months until the next tournament, which happens to be the day after my 30th birthday.  I’m looking forward to the Masters division, but I know that if there are not enough of us, we get sent to the Adult division.

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
Your #1 Canadian eh?

 

And now the results

On Saturday July 20th, I competed in the CBJJF’s Okanagan Summer Classic held in Kelowna, B.C.  alongside my cousin Mike’s team: RDC Jiu-Jitsu.  This was my second tournament in the Okanagan – having competed previously in the Okanagan Winter Classic in February – and my first tournament as a blue belt.  I had pre-registered with the CBJJF as a white belt, but my promotion a week before the tournament prompted the registration change.  No sandbagging from me, a blue belt is a blue belt, no matter what.

I picked up my girlfriend after work on the way out, and she made some awesome breakfast-style wraps to eat on the road.  She makes a great co-pilot, as well as a great conversationalist.

The most joyful thing about being a blue belt: getting to be among the first division up to compete in CBJJF tournaments.  I had my division called up around 9:30A.M., quite a treat after typically waiting until 12:30P.M.  I won my only match 4 points to his 2 advantages: 2 for a sweep from half-guard, and 2 from a takedown.  His advantages came from a takedown attempt and a sweep attempt.  We were supposed to have six other people in our division, but they either showed up late or not at all.

CBJJF Okanagan Summer Classic Gold Medal

Ogopogo Gold

I competed in the Absolute Open as well, but lost first round via modified Bow’N’Arrow choke.

I waited around for my cousin Mike to compete, and then was roped into the No-Gi division courtesy of Mike and his coach Sterling Redlack.  When it came to calling the weight classes, they called every class BUT Middleweight.  It would have been faster to call it like that instead of listing off over half a dozen weight classes.

After finally getting called up, I would lose first round via points.  Spending over a year training solely in Gi doesn’t truly prepare you for No-Gi, with the lack of grips and the extra slipperiness from sweat and no Gi to soak it up.  I knew what I was in for however, and agreed to compete.  I definitely learned from that match.  Despite the loss, I tied for third.

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Overall, my best tournament performance, even if I was short on submissions.  I’m happy to say that my medals have earned me points that will go towards being invited to an invite-only tournament at some point.  Hooray!

Brogopogos–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”Your #1 Canadian eh?