It was one of the most fun nights I've ever had at Fabio Novaes BJJ!
I got thrown about 40 times and got utterly destroyed by everyone I grappled, but it was all in good fun, and in spite of the ass beatings and throws, I've never felt more like part of the team.
And yes... I am competing in the Open still... as a blue belt.
I had no idea I would be until about a week ago... hence my insanity, self doubt, and general terror.
However, I'm over it.. I'm going to go, do the best that I can do, and that will just have to be enough. =)
If I lose, I lose.
If I win.
All the better for me!
One funny thing happened though... After my first grapple, my belt came off.. and I stood there looking for it for a good five or six seconds before I realized... I couldn't find it, because I was looking for a white belt. =)
... I also feel it necessary to say... I under no circumstances feel like I should be wearing a blue belt... However, I am over joyed that Fabio thinks I should be.