After the World(s) End
Thank You to Everyone
Back to the Grind!
So, the World Championships have come and gone. I lost in the first round by advantages to Theodoro Canal, who is a great competitor with many championships under his belt.
What were the lessons to be learned? I noticed a definite improvement in my pacing and conditioning from training with Master Lloyd. I did not cut weight properly and so my overall explosiveness was hindered but at no point did I feel winded or tired even though I had not eaten much of anything in the two days beforehand. So, managing the weight cut better would have provided a better result in my performance.
In addition, there were a few positions that I had been caught in when training with Team Lloyd Irvin that came up again during my match. Fortunately, I did not get my guard passed at all; when these same techniques were used against me at Master Lloyd’s school, the guard passes came frequently.
All in all, it was a great experience. I am a firm believer that attitude is everything and instead of dwelling on my loss, I am focusing on the mistakes that can be corrected and being happy for all of my team mates from Lotus Club who did exceptionally well, especially my instructor Laercio Fernandes who made it all the way to the finals before losing a referee decision to Guilherme Mendes. Also, Keenan Cornelius, DJ Jackson and others from Team Lloyd Irvin did extraordinarily well at the competition, so I am happy for them as well! :]
We had some great visitors last night at Robot! Three excellent black belts from Japan that are in town post-Mundials came by and did a mini-seminar for the students before training with the team. Great guys, very humble and fun to have around. There are pictures on our Facebook page, which you should be “liking” if you haven’t already!
I will be taking it easy the rest of the week and then get back into training next week. This will give me a chance to implement many of the things I learned while training with Team Lloyd Irvin and make sure everyone understands these changes before jumping back into the training myself! Take care everyone :]