I am home from my trip to Vegas for the IBJJF Vegas Open and the American Nation No-gi Open. I didn't win very much but I was still very happy with how I did. I won my first match then I lost 4 matches.
I won my first match in the gi under 129 division. I lost the second match. The woman I went against managed to get side mount and then I basically couldn't move for the rest of the time. I missed the score so I'm not sure how many points she beat me by.
The open division of the gi division was pretty tough for me. I went against a woman who was about 20 pounds heavier than I was. She also has a lot more tournament experience than I do. She said she had already done 6 other tournaments this year and she and her husband get private lessons every Sunday. That made me feel better about losing by points because I managed to not get submitted.
The first no-gi match I had was against a purple belt in the under 135.5 division. She beat me by one point. I was really happy because the jump in skill level from a 4 - 5 months blue belt to a purple belt is pretty substantial. Also, afterward I was talking to her and she told me that she won her division and the open division at the Pans this year. That's freakin huge. I was very pleased with not getting submitted and being able to actually attempt some subs on her during the match.
My final match was against a much larger purple belt who had just won her weight division in the no-gi a couple hours earlier. She beat the blue belt who beat me in the open of the gi division and she beat the blue belt who won the open gi division. She was a lot bigger than me maybe around 155 or 158. I was weighing 126.5 for the tournament.
Overall, although I didn't win much, I feel like I learned a lot. Also, I have a little bit of video of the matches so I am able to watch what happened and evaluate where I need more work. I mean I need work on everything but this will give me some direction at least. I was a bit surprised that I wasn't more upset about my losses. I think it's because I know I tried my hardest and that I am motivated to train to get better, not just by winning. But winning will be nice.