Monday, January 24, 2011
Jiu Jitsu Tournament
This weekend Jessi and I watched a jiu jitsu tournament with some friends (David & his kids, and Pat) at the Oregon State Fairground's Pavilion in Salem, OR. This was my first time going and it was really fun. It started out with mens-beginners, with different weight classes spread across the mats. Then it transitioned to mens-intermediate, mens-advanced, women... and children!
Watching mens-beginners was fun because we are currently training for our blue belt with one of the competitors. He ended up winning his weight class which was really exciting. Watching the women was also fun because one of the competitors is helping David and I prepare for our blue belt test (btw, she also won in the advanced group). It encouraging to know that we're training with a solid group of athletes.
I would have to say though, that watching the children compete was the most fascinating. I don't know if you can see it clearly in the picture, but they had 4 & 5 year olds competing. Furthermore, they weren't just rolling around haphazardly, they actually knew their fundamentals extremely well! I was very impressed. There's just something funny about watching kids do "adult" activities - and do them well.
Overall, it was a fun event. I'm glad we decided to go and am looking forward to going again. I don't think I'll be competing any time soon, but watching would be fun.