Tuesday, July 25, 2017


BJJ competition (Austin, TX)

Last weekend I participated in my first ever BJJ competition, the IBJJF Austin Open. If you want to compete, IBJJF tournaments are the ones you want to do. It's bigger and more organized. The way it works is that you compete against someone of similar rank (white belt), weight (light-feather division), and age (36-40 years old). This was the first fair fight in a long time since I'm always up against giant monsters during training.

Woke up with abs and a baby on my leg (an extra 20 lbs I need to cut before my fight).

Leading up to the competition (and I'm not trying to sound like a badass), I wasn't nervous or scared. I was more eager, ready to go... to get it over with. So I can take a break from training to heal my injured ribs. So I can stop thinking about my diet and weight. So I can fucking eat again.

Here we go...
After hours of waiting, it was finally go time. I step on the mat, shake hands, and bump fists with my opponent. Once he got a grip on my gi, it felt like I was up against a silverback gorilla. So effin' strong! My plan was to take him down and go from there but shit, I can't even budge him. What's Plan B?? Fuck. My mind was completely blank. I get tossed around like a rag doll but somehow I end up on top. Yes! But we're only two minutes in and I'm exhausted. WTF. Eventually my mind calms down a bit and I began to work. After five minutes, the fight ends and I win by points (5-0).

Gassed out...

The way our bracket/division worked, I had to fight the same guy again for the championship match. He ended up destroying another guy in our division 19-0 so we had to do it all over again. Dammit. But this time, I knew what to expect. The speed and strength during competition are on a whole 'nother level compared to training at school and this time I was ready for it.

This time, it was much better. I won. Submission via triangle choke. Whew. It's over.

WHITE / Master 2 / Male / Light-Feather Champion!

Thanks to Prof. Marcelo "Uirapuru"!

Part of my support group. ❤

My big girl and my busted up face.

A trip wouldn't be a trip unless we ate some good food but of course we I had to wait until after the competition to indulge. Here is the food log with some new discoveries.

  • Summer Moon Coffee - anything with Moon Milk! we went three times during this trip (BEOTT)
  • Chi'lantro - kim chi fries w/ ribeye (excellent), Korean chicken wings (good)
  • Pinthouse Pizza - awesome pizza and there's plenty of beer choices
  • Kerbey Lane - summer menu: lemon poppy french toast and cinnamon-beignet pancakes
  • Tan My Restaurant - good ol' Vietnamese food
  • Shake Shack - tried the hot chicken sandwich (yes)

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  1. Jon Tran said... July 25, 2017 at 11:40 AM

    Geez light-feather is so light, but congrats! We'll go over that deep half stuff that guy was pulling on you.

  2. Unknown said... July 25, 2017 at 7:44 PM

    Awesome! Proud to see the results of your hard work and practice!

  3. JT said... July 25, 2017 at 10:55 PM

    Thanks! :)

  4. Edwin and Lilly said... July 26, 2017 at 2:25 PM

    GREAT job! Love the play by play description - almost like a gripping scene in a movie! And yes, every accomplishment needs to be fully celebrated with a list of good eats. Well done, well done.

  5. JT said... July 26, 2017 at 9:00 PM

    Thanks cuz! It was definitely a great feeling eating pizza GUILT-FREE!

  6. One Thu We !!! said... July 31, 2017 at 10:48 AM

    Jimmy, you totally rock! Congrats!

  7. JT said... August 1, 2017 at 8:11 AM

    Thanks Chi Thu!

  8. TryingToNguyen said... December 22, 2017 at 10:17 PM
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  9. TryingToNguyen said... December 22, 2017 at 10:19 PM

    love love love it so much.... you rock man!!! but you already know how i feel about everything man!

  10. JT said... January 8, 2018 at 2:35 PM

    Thanks Anh Vien. I'm glad you finally started your BJJ journey. There's no turning back now!

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