Training and preparation starts 1/2/12 for our winter season. In the next 4 months, there are 5 competitions to select from, including the IBJJF Pan Jiu Jitsu Championship in CA. Everyone expect some intense practice.
Our final day of competition for Team Chard was Saturday as Tim Lehman participated in the Masters (30-35) Purple Belt Super Heavy (221 lbs) and Open Weight classes. Tim’s weight category started at noon and everything was proceeding normally, until, at Gi check, his uniform was disqualified for being too tight in the arms. We scrambled over to one of the vendors at the event, bought a larger Gi, and got him on the mat.
He started off his match by pulling guard very quickly and worked tirelessly for a submission. At one point he had an arm bar locked, but his opponent would not give in. Down by an advantage point, with about 20 seconds to go, his opponent passed his guard and securing a win by a score of 3-0.
Tim returned in the evening to contest the Absolute (no weight limit) category. His first opponent he drew was a lightweight competitor. Tim again pulled guard and proceeded to sweep, pass, and use his knee on the belly for the entire 6 minutes to dominate. He moved on to the second round with an 11-0 win.
His second round opponent had an impressive stand up game in his first round win. So going in, Tim knew he had to establish guard very quickly to avoid a take down. Not only did he pull guard effectively, but he was able to isolate his opponent’s arm and quickly moved into an inverted arm bar for the submission win, just 1:14 into the match (and yes, he bought a second, blue Gi for the absolute.)
He then moved on to the final 8 of the division. His next opponent, a very solid competitor, was one he had met 2 years ago as a blue belt. His opponent came out and pulled guard immediately. Tim did a very good job stabilizing his position for a guard pass and almost was successful. However, his opponent’s guard was too active too control. He swept Tim and went up 2-0. Tim tried to work his guard, but as his opponent was passing, Tim gave up his back and his opponent secured a Gi choke for the win. Tim’s march to the podium ended in the third round (his opponent went on to win the category).
All in all, a great weekend of competition, effort, and fun for the team.
Friday afternoon, we returned to the Bren Center for the Adult Purple Belt divisions. The Purple Belts at the Pan are always very competitive and entertaining to watch. Jon Bobel was up for Team Chard in the medium heavy weight division (194 lbs). After his Gi and weight check in, he was escorted to the mat for his match.
Jon pulled guard very quickly and tried to work a variety of sweeps. His opponent had a very good base and wasn’t budging. Methodically, his opponent made his way into Jon’s half guard, then passed the guard to go ahead 3-0. But, Jon was able to replace his guard and secure a triangle. But time was not on his side as he could not sink the submission in before time expired.
Saturday is our last day for competition as Tim Lehman is up in the Masters (age 30-35) Purple Belt division.
Thursday kicked off the 2011 IBJJF Pan Jiu Jitsu Championship with all white belts and some blue belts reporting. We arrived at the Bren Event Center, on the campus of the University of California Irvine, in the afternoon for Santo Domingo and Chris Leggetts’ division. Both entered the Pluma (141lb) adult white belt class.
37 competitors had entered which would equate to 6 matches to get to the final. Santo was called first to the mats and drew a very strong opponent from Texas. The match started with each positioning for control of the stand up. The match eventually made it to the ground with Santo pulling guard. After some changing of positions and Santo up 2-0 by take down, Santo was put into a triangle. He defended very well and looked like he would be able to last the rest of the match. But, as time was running out, his opponent was able to slip under and lock out his arm. Santo had to submit, ending his bid for gold in the first round.
After an hour, Chris’s bracket was called. He started off his match very aggressively and was leading 2-0 by a sweep. He then became a little too aggressive going for a choke and his opponent started racking up points. By the time it was 11-2 and with time running out, it appeared it was over. But, Chris did an incredible escape, reversal and sunk in an arm bar to pull of the win. It was an incredible come from behind victory.
But the victory was a little costly as Chris had burned a lot of energy and his grips were suffering. But, he had some time before the second round to recover.
Chris’s came out very aggressive again in his fight in the second round. He jumped guard and was relentless with his submission attempts. He was leading by advantages when he pulled off a sweep to go up 2-0. But, he wanted a submission so bad that it cost him position. Eventually, his opponent defended, reversed and sunk in his own choke. By then, Chris was too exhausted to defend and he was eliminated.
I’m very proud of the effort from each of them. The Pan is a very difficult tournament, especially your first one. You learn a lot about yourself, your training, and how you stack up against other competitors from around the world. Friday, we return for Jon Bobel and the Adult Purple Belt Medium Heavy division.