Today I entered my 4th Judo tournament, this time the Sheffield University Kyu Grade Championship.
Unlike my previous judo jaunts this time I was joined by 3 of my team mates from the Forge. Ants, Adam and Paul.
Ming as ever coaching and Maia doing her best at filming us all (whilst being a nervous wreck)
It was great to have support and see the other guys fight. All of them in their first judo comp.
Some truly note worthy events during the comp.
1 Adam’s perfectly times foot sweep for the ippon
2 Ant’s Tome Nage followed by another Tome Nage
3 Paul’s beautiful ground work
My own favourite moment was my last fight finishing with an armbar.
This was my first tournament where I actually thought about tactics and using the rules to my advantage.
In previous competitions I have been criticised by experienced Judo guys for going for submissions, when a perfectly good pin was already held and almost won.
Thus my lack of cardiovascular umph and strong competition from the other lads in my division, led my to use what ever opportunities were available.
So recap of the day
Fight 1 – win by submission (Dan Severn Choke)
Fight 2 – win by pin (mount)
Fight 3 – loss on points (this ended up being discounted as my opponent retired from the comp due to injury)
Fight 4 – win by pin (mount)
Fight 5 – win by submission (armbar)
All in all great day.
My judo record now stands at
17 wins 2 losses and no draws