This weekend I competed in the IBJJF Pan No-Gi Championships in New York. Unfortunately, the competition went terrible. Leading up to the tournament, my condition and strength was excellent, however, I definitely did not give myself enough no-gi time on the mats, and it showed this weekend. I got submitted twice and I made mistakes that I would of never done in gi. This competition was a real eye opener, I didn’t lose because the competition was way over my head, I lost because I did not efficiently train no-gi to be ready to compete at the level I needed to be.
The Pan No-Gi taught me a valuable lesson, if I want to compete in no-gi, I have to train in no-gi as hard as I train gi. Bad days happen but the Pan no-gi wasn’t a bad day; it was a lack of not enough no-gi training and drilling. Losing is heart breaking, however this does not shatter my confidence it only makes me want to train harder and be more prepared for the next tournament.
I will always come back stronger after a lose.