This past weekend several Crossroads Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu students traveled to Manchester, Connecticut to compete at the New England Submission Only Challenge. With a Total of 3 competitors Crossroads was able to bring 3 Medals home to Waterford, two Golds and one Bronze. Long Time student Tyrae was able to take home gold medals in both the Blue Belt Gi Division and in the No-Gi Division. While first time competitor Jeremy was able to take home the Bronze in the White Belt Gi Division.
Crossroads BJJ had two first time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Competitors representing the school and both did an awesome job. Our Second 1st time competitor Bryan was able to secure an arm bar 13 minutes into his first match. Bryan displayed a tremendous amount of heart hunting for the submission the entire match. Having two first time competitors perform so well in their first competition is a testament to all of the hard work they have both been putting in on the mats!
The great thing about Submission only BJJ tournaments is that you can just focus on the submission without having the additional stress of the point system or the time running out. Not having to worry about points and time makes Submission only events a great first BJJ tournament to compete in. BJJ competition is a great way to assess your skills and feel some of the anxiety and nervousness that happen before a Self Defense Situation. The more you compete the more emotional control you will develop.Testing your skills against somebody who you have never met is also a great way to discover what areas of your Jiu-jitsu to work on and realize the areas of your Jiu-Jitsu who are where you are doing well.
The most important aspect of the Tournament was that everybody who competed had a great experience and was able to take away some valuable lessons. In Jiu-jitsu you never lose, you either win, or you learn. By participating in one tournament you add 6 months of gym training to your Jiu-Jitsu.
Congratulations to everybody who stepped on the mat and put there skills to the test.