Throwback this week goes to my showdown with Roberto Satoshi during the EGO Black Belt invite in Indianapolis , IN. One of the top competitors of our time, and a true warrior. This was a very important fight for me as it challenged my competition game in a way no one has before. It was a battle of mental perseverance and technique, a battle of strategy and planning the attacks. I hadn't fought a guy like him, and I'm grateful I had the chance to challenge myself and my Jiu Jitsu against a world class blackbelt like Satoshi.
I also did something different during the period preceeding the invite. During the month of October I was preparing for the IBJJF NoGi World's, and so up until about 10 days before the tournament most of my training was without a Gi and focused on my "no grip" game of guilotines and rear naked chokes. In hindsight, it might have been a better idea to choose one or the other to focus on, but subconsiously I wanted to challenge myself, and so I did.
After a grueling 10 minutes battle going back and forth, stand-up to guard pull to sweeps to guard passes, and my opponent tweaking an already injured shoulder, I lost this one 0-4. It was one of the hardest fights I've had, and I'm sure I'll remember it for a long long time, for it reminded me of an old lesson, be disciplined enough to follow your game plan, be determined enough to get your points and your win, be first in your attacks, and DON'T stop until you are done! Not when you're tired, when you're DONE!
Looking forward to represent my team in my upcoming battles.. Oss!
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