Donald brought in his top brownbelt, Darrin Branch, from Cleveland, and he won his gi division. Bruce, our enormous blackbelt in Houston, won his gi division. Courtney, who's only been training 3 months! took silver in her gi division. Rebecca took silver in HER gi division. Izel, only training 6 months, won her nogi division (and won her first match with a SLICK Marcelotine from standing in under 30 seconds!) Blake took silver in his gi division. Austin and Joseph took bronze in their nogi divisions; Travis won his nogi division. I'm probably missing some people, I haven't uploaded all the videos to youtube yet.
But how did I do? WOOO! I only competed in gi, only 4 matches total, but I won my division and the absolute! And I owe it all to my team- especially Josh Lauber, Donald Park, Christy Thomas, and Richard Power for cornering me (I could always hear Josh loud and clear over everyone!) and Vidush, Courtney, Shama, Marc, Rebecca, Randy, Zack, Kirk and Jerry for rolling with me a bunch before this weekend... and Zach Lamano for his wrestling instruction...
First match in division, against Kat Harrison. (Also fought her two weeks ago in Houston.) Won on points, 8-0.
Finals in division, against Tara Talanco. I could tell she was tired (she'd also done nogi, and I had a bye first round whereas she fought a very tough teenager named Ashley DeLeon, who I had to fight in the absolute..) so I had an advantage because I was fresh. There were some moments where I knew if I hadn't had that advantage it might have gone her way. Tara is one of my absolute favorites to fight because she feels like a better version of me; I wish she lived here in Austin so I could be her teammate instead. Won with a modified bow & arrow choke.
Then the absolute. First match against Ashley. Won on points, 3-0.
Finals, against Tara again. First video is ours, second is from the tournament people.
Me and Tara--
And I won this nifty gi for winning absolute, from Dom Fightgear.
It's cool not only because of the color, but the jacket is lined with a sleek, microfiber, not-stretchy fabric. I washed and dried it, then wore it to class the next morning... the pants are ripstop, a little slim in the cut for my fat derriere, but they work. The jacket is excellent. I will write a full review when I've worn it a bit more.
AND, then I got this email:
Congratulations on winning the Women's Absolute Division at this past weekend's 2011 Austin Open. In light of that achievement, your final match was named today's Featured Match of the Day. Catch it now right on the main page of TXMMA.com.
I'm just wooo all over :)
Here's me facing Ashley..
Me and Tara, finals of division...
Finals of division...
Right after the tap in finals of absolute.
Finals of absolute while I spideyed...
Too much work to do, and not enough time to do it, much less all the working out I need to do. Gotta run.
PAN-- two and a half weeks! SH!T!