My last post was written a few days before my actual solo road trip down to San Jose, CA. and I’m happy to report that I have returned from my 1200+ mile journey safely. I want to start this post by thanking my hosts Jacob and Gessy Bell for letting me stay at their awesome house while in San Jose. Also, thanks to Mike and Nick for coaching me throughout the day.
I felt very sharp while competing and all three of my matches were against very game and sound jiu jitsu practitioners. In my first match I had to swim through some deep waters as I narrowly escaped a triangle choke to eventually mount and win via points, 6-0. In my second match I pulled off a 2-0 advantage win. Lastly, in my third match, the finals, I was told that I won with what was widely considered the submission of the tournament. I especially enjoyed this win because of the sacrifices made by others in order for me be able to compete in this tournament. Also, driving 20+ hours made me incredibly hungry for victory.
Watch the brief finals match below!
Lastly, I want to write this part down especially, for future Andy to look back at and remember:
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”