|Some geezer in a cool T-shirt and brown belt submission king Oli Geddes|
My next fight was against Mark Phung, again, a very experienced conpetitor who has pretty much dominated the pluma scene for a long while. I did not expect to do much against him but weirdly I actually enjoyed this fight more. This time I pulled guard and I tried to work hard off balancing him and doing mini-attempts at sweeps. But somehow I cocked up and he mounted me. In my attempt to escape he armbarred me, duh!
I'm sure when I review my videos I'll see countless schoolboy errors and I hope I can learn from them. At the end of the day however, I had a blast, competing is fun and win or lose (more the latter in my case) I do learn from the experience and I think it helps my jiu-jitsu grow. Ok I'm not at the level of my peers, but I grow at my own pace, so I can take some comfort from that.
Dominique was on fire and dominated her way to gold in her weight and silver in the absolute. Quite rightly, Nick my coach presented her with purple belt straight after. We're all so proud of Dom, a perfect example of the humble, talented, inspirational athlete.
Young Dale Jones cried a Banshee WAR cry at the end of his final fight to win his juvenile division. I swear his roar could be heard from miles away.
Samuel Pavan and Rob Westney won silver medals and I got a bronze, so all in all, a good day out for Team Mill Hill RGA.
Mind you, since Nick was organising the brackets, he decided he would enter all of us as a fictitious team name of Brad McWilliams/FWAF Kun Do, much to the confusion of other teams ;)
Here are some favourite snaps I took: