Okay, let’s get straight to the goods for this one. Here is my first match:
*Queue GSP impression*
I was not impressed by my performance. I could not get my A game going and I relied heavily on my B game. I relied on a system that I did not drill once for this tournament. In fact, I don’t remember ever drilling this again after I learned it in a seminar my instructor taught. It is unsatisfactory to not be able to get the gameplan you had going in to a tournament to flow. It’s so obvious to me how much more work I need to put into this system. I was slow in entering, I was slow in beginning the sweep, and I was slow in finishing the sweeps. I lost the mini positioning wars and that allowed people to put me flat on my back. I need to do some serious pummeling drills from this position.
My nervousness still needs a lot of work. I wouldn’t say I have elite athlete level conditioning, but in training I can go 4 hard fought rounds and not feel anywhere near as terrible as I did after these fights. I attribute most of this to the adrenaline dump I had. It just zapped my energy. I thought this was getting better, but evidently not. I’m not sure if I need to compete more, or learn some mindset tricks to get my mind right. Either way, I want to step on the mat at tournaments and feel like it’s just another day at the office. I want to feel comfortable but focused.
I still have yet to review the footage with my instructor, we’ll see what he says. He was there, and he already talked to me about some things I did wrong. But, we need to disect this with more scrutiny in order to improve.
All in all, my goal is to win tournaments by submissions. I am will not be satisfied until I can do that. It may take a lot of work, but I look forward to it.
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