A few days ago I submitted my registration for the 2012 IBJJF Long Beach Fall Open. Along with the IBJJ Pro League happening the same day, I’m excited to know that my day and night will be filled with the ability not only to step on the mats myself but to watch what will most likely be the best matches of the year at the famous Long Beach Walter Pyramid.
For some academies, the end of the year is a time for celebrating, appreciating one another and relaxing before the tournament season starts up again the following year. For me, I never really stop. I may stray from my training because of school and other priorities but ultimately, I always want to compete. And that’s the feeling for a lot of people. This is my last chance to get an IBJJF gold medal before the 2012 tournament season officially ends and best of all, I’m competing against the best girls in the world. I’m competing because I want to be a part of an aspect of Jiu-Jitsu that will always be a driving force, an appreciation for and inspiration to make my Jiu-Jitsu better.
The end of the year also serves as the No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu tournament season with the No-Gi World Championship, Pan American No-Gi Championship and the European No-Gi Championship to name a few, but the IBJJF has now turned it up and decided to give us one last show in the gi before we retire our tournament gear for the holiday season– or before we gain too many pounds to make it down to our weight division!
I’m competing because I know that watching the IBJJ Pro League that night will cause me to feel like I missed out on something great. The top male athletes in our sport were ranked and personally invited to attend the event and I can be sure that I will witness history. With potential match-ups we’ve never seen before, the top guys will be on their toes, especially with $5,000 on the line.
The Pro League allows people like Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles and Leandro Lo to be in the same weight division. Possible matches could be Romulo Barral versus Andre Galvao, Bruno Bastos versus Roberto “Tussa” Alencar. What may have never happened before or has happened years ago could unfold on December 8 and I’m ready to find out.
If you haven’t signed up yet, Friday November 3 is the last day to do so. This is the last chance of the year to compete in the grand Long Beach Walter Pyramid and further your own legacy with me alongside the best guys in our sport. Don’t miss out on a chance to stay motivated, continue your competition legacy, refrain from putting on too many holiday pounds and share the mats with legends.
You can register here: http://www.ibjjf.org/longbeachfall2012home.htm
For more information on the IBJJ Pro League: http://www.ibjjf.org/ibjjproleague2012home.htm