Saturday, March 12, 2011

Griff’s first Judo Tourney!

Hi folks! Sorry I’ve been MIA lately, work has seriously got me by the balls. When I finally get home from work I have to do all my other adult duties, i.e. cooking, cleaning, laundry, blah, blah, blah. Anyway, enough poor me, onto Griff!

Last weekend Griff had his first Judo tournament. It was held in San Antonio and we had to get up super early for a Saturday and get our butts on the road. See? Still dark outside.

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Griff’s entire Judo school was there are they most of them competedl. Including the kids! They all had matching shirts which was cool. Cause as far as I can could tell there was only 2 schools at the tourney with matching shirts.

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There were a lot of competitors. Here’s a wide shot of the adults stretching.

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First up? Jesus.

Ever wonder what Jesus would have looked like as a hippie? Well wonder no more. This guy was Griff’s first competitor. And in true Griff fashion, he struck up a conversation with Hippie Jesus. He owns his own school and is a 1st degree black belt. Which, for you Judo novices, means he’s held his black belt for like 3 years. Oh, and he moonlights as Jesus. But only on the weekends.


Here we go!

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The fight started off with Griff securing a back mount. Then he locked in a rear naked choke. After the choke, everyone thought the match was over because Hippie Jesus tapped, but the ref didn’t see it. What?! Yup. So they continued and Griff was able to throw him one more time but was not able to end the match. Damn. Griff tried to throw again but Hippie Jesus countered the throw, putting Griff on his back, thus winning the match. In Judo, you can win a match by landing a forceful throw putting your opponent on his back.

Griff second match was against a guy from Griff’s school named Jeff. Bummer. Griff trains with him every week! Not only do they train together which means they know each others strengths and weaknesses but Jeff wrestled in college and is a previous National Judo Champion. Damn the luck Griff would have a match against him! Jeff tried to thrown an Uchi Mata, (over the shoulder throw), and Griff countered with a leg grab and was disqualified, ending the match. Leg grabs are illegal unless they are a counter or in a combination. Which in this case Griff was countering the Uchi Mata, but the ref didn’t see it that way.

Damn blind ref. I’d like to show him MY Uchi Mata! Mess with my husband and you mess with me! Which I can assure you is scarier than seeing a Hippie Jesus at a Judo tournament.

All in all it was a great day. Despite the blind ref’s.

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