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Last weekend I took part in Bjj national Championship and it was a great experience!

Firstly, since 3 weeks ago from Finnish Open, I’ve decided to compete more in -88.3 category. Simply I’ve gotten a bit heavier over the years and it is what it is :) I train a lot, a train good and I feel good just where I am, the weight cutting is just not doing any favours to me … especially in a sport where the weigh-in is promptly before the first match.
I had alltogether 7 matches both in my own weight and open. Over all I felt very good, I was energetic, constantly moving. It was something I wanted to emphasize more since my last competition, to be able to constantly work, work, work. Only rest a little when you have a dominant position.
So in that regard, everything I set myself out to do I did. My double gold mission however was stopped in the final of the open weight. I have 3 matches on video which I’ve uploaded and you can watch below.

First, a historical match in Estonian Bjj scene as 2 home-grown Black Belts went at it! -88 kg , vs Priit Mihkelson

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Secondly, semi final of the open weight vs Mairon “Imelik” Lepik

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And third, the final of the open weight vs Kristjan Mäe.

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Here you see me getting tapped and rather fast :) Kristjan has a judo background and went for a kimura type hold (a la Sakuraba) when I was aiming for back control. At first I felt comfortable, however I was rather unfamiliar with the situation and made a critical error in defense where he was able to crank not Kimura, but a straight armlock! Well, such is the nature of sport and sometimes you just get caught :) Experience taken, improving my game now and looking forward to the future, 2 weeks until Bjj Baltic Championship in Lithuania, 26th May!


May 13 Grappling 3 Comments

3 Responses to Gold and Silver from Bjj Estonian Championship 2013

  1. John brennan says:

    Congratulations ! I’m new to bjj and learn allot from videos like these, your transitions and movements in the first match were excellent ill look forward to seeing more.

  2. Jay G. says:

    Congrats. Nice work.

  3. Martin says:

    Cheers! And thnx guys :)