The Miami Open is in a couple of weeks. Getting very excited.
I'm on weight, and feel prepared. Huge contrast to the last Open. I had no idea I was going to be competing in the blue belt division until a week before hand. I was terrified, and I went to Miami prepared for defeat, and not surprisingly, was defeated. That will not be the case this time.
I still feel like a baby blue belt, as I've only been wearing it for a year now, but I feel ready to compete this time.
I've been training consistently, so I know am a better grappler than I was last year but I feel like I've made some major strides in the past couple of months. I owe a lot of that to my teammates... bless them and their seemingly infinite patients with me and my questions and requests for post class grappling. You guys are the best!
I have about two weeks of training left. My goal for the next two weeks is to grapple every last grapple as though I am competing... focus, push myself, commit to every thing I attempt, and most importantly, follow the guidelines for blue belt. Which means, no foot locks or knee bars, and thanks to my fellow Jew on the mat, I actually managed a few successful foot locks and knee bars in the past couple of months. I will have to save those for my next no gi competition. =)