We had 6 members of our Competition Team fight from El Dorado Hills BJJ & Self Defense last Saturday, at Elk Grove High School, in the Grappling X tournament. All six competed well past my expectations, all six noticeably improved between their first and second matches, and all six made it to the podium!
Jordan (Adult- Blue Belt) competed for the first time and won both of his matches by double-digit point deficits.
Slater (Kids- Yellow Belt) had five matches and 5 finishes! 2 matches were in one division and 3 matches were in another, for two 1st place finishes!
Danny (Adult- White Belt) competed for the first time in a Gi and won his first match by points.
Mateo (Kids- Grey White Belt) fought a very tough opponent, but was able to greatly improve between his first and second match.
Ben (Kids- White Belt) competed for the very first time and made instant progress between his first and second match as well.
Josh (Adult- White Belt) fought with an injured ankle. His black and blue, swollen foot was wrapped tight in a soft brace, but he went out and won his first match. He later had a fun exhibition-style match with Danny.
It was a great day for the team and the medals were certainly well deserved, but everyone was very coachable and listened well during their matches and between. We had simple game-plans the competitors and coaches came up with. As a group, the fighters did an excellent job of staying disciplined with their goals and medaled as a result.
Everyone gets into jiujitsu for different reasons. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is one of those martial arts that allows a wide range of people with different interests and at different stages in their life to begin training. Boys and girls as young 3 or 4 can start training and so can men or women in their 30s, 40s, or 50s start learning the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Anthony Bourdain is one example. Most of us know Anthony Bourdain from his famous traveling cousin show, No Reservations. His humor and observations that he shares with everyone casts a delightful light on the different cuisines and cultures of the world. Interestingly, Anthony is also a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fanatic. When traveling he looks to find a place to train when there is down time. Born in 1956, that puts him at the ripe age of 60. Having started jiujitsu in his 50s, and currently a blue belt in rank, I’m going to guess it’s been an uphill battle since he started training. He says jiujitsu “appeals to some part of my brain I haven’t visited before.”
On the other end are these girls in the gi. This video was taken from the Kids American Nationals in 2015. These two girls were around age 5.
It’s fun to see them compete without any hesitation to try their best. No second guessing. Probably tapping into the same part of the brain that Anthony Bourdain talks about.
Never the less these girls and Anthony both have something in common. They share the passion to learn and have fun on the mat. To compete as a measurement of self improvement. They give their most even on days when they think that there is nothing more to give. They are competitors.
On the other hand, there are others who get into jiujitsu and never step into competition. Instead, they enjoy the relaxed learning environment of training and competitive rolling done in the safety of class with a partner they can get to know and trust. Some look to reap the benefits of getting in great shape, and being the most fit they have been in their life. While others look to learn jiujitsu from a more practical self defense perspective.
There are many angles we can think about self defense. There is the physical self defense jiujitsu can teach us how to protect ourselves when we go to our back and other positions from the feet and ground. However, there are many other self defense benefits to learning jiujitsu as well. The benefit of patience when put under adversity or high stress situations. The benefit of understanding consistency in training as opposed to short term intensity with little to no consistency. The benefit of a lifestyle of activity and movement while interacting with others on the mat. There are so many psycho social benefits to jiujitsu that are applicable to modern day self defense.
While some step onto the mat to become a world champion competitor, some wanting to learn self defense, get in shape, or start a new hobby, everyone enters the dojo with the idea of self improvement. This idea is universal in jiujitsu. Everyone wants to improve and better themselves with each and every class. If you are looking to associate with strong, healthy minded people, give jiujitsu a try!
In April, EDH JiuJitsu participated in one of the BJJ Tour – All Star competitions held in San Francisco, CA. The ALL STAR was held in the Cow Palace, an big and exciting venue for tournament competition.
Zack with a double leg takedown to start the match and score 2 points!
EDH JIu Jitsu had 5 competitors in the kids / teens divisions and 6 competitors in the adult/master divisions. The All Star is one of the professional cash prize tournaments for black belts, offering prize money for the champions of the black belt weight divisions and open class division.
Angel Scrambles to finish on top!
The team did an incredible job preparing and training for the tournament. We always want to approach training for competitions in a three part process. The first being the preparation. Getting the body and mind prepared for tournament performance. The second being the actual event or tournament. The third being the reflection and corrections based on the event. Following the three part process ensures that each competitor gets the most out of their time training and make conscious technical and mental improvements to better our performance next time.
Tanner transitions from submission to submission and gets the win!
The next California BJJ Tour competition takes place in Santa Cruz, CA at the end of June. We look forward to seeing the competitors improvements over the last few months and how their changes and technical additions have improved them on the mat!
Tournaments are a constant reminder of the spirit of kaizen (written 改善 in Japanese). This idea is the spirit of constant improvement and growth. Making small and incremental improvements each and every day. This idea took precedence in Japan during the post war era when the Japanese automobile industry saw incredible growth. While the process reshaped the entire automobile industry, at the core and emphasis of the process was on the individual. The individual worker or laborer taking responsibility for their work and progress. With every tournament and training experience, we look to apply the idea of Kaizen. Congratulations to all the competitors!
We had three competitors from El Dorado Hills Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competing in the BJJ Tour: All Star Tournament this weekend in Santa Cruz. The tournament is one of the cash prize tournaments for the BJJ Tour with the winner of the weight division receiving $500, and the winner of the open weight, where all the medalists from the weight divisions are combined into one mini tournament, received $1000.
Yellow Belt, Sky competing in the under 14 category finished with a Silver medal.
Purple Belt, Dave competing in the master 3 category finished with a Gold medal.
Black Belt, Eliot competing in the adult category finished with a Bronze medal in the weight division and a Silver medal in the open weight division.
The tournament was an exciting atmosphere starting with competitors as young as age 5 and all the way up to 58. The tournament was help at the Kaiser Pavilion in Santa Cruz, CA. For more information, media, and live feed replay you can visit http://bjjtour.com