IBJJF European Championship 2016

Earlier this year I fought in the IBJJF European Championships in Lisbon, Portugal. I competed in the Black Belt Master 1 Featherweight division and ended up making it to the semifinals where I lost on a referee decision after a score of 4-4. Kinda sucks but that just how it goes 🙂

 

First Match

Pressure, Pressure, Pressure!

Second Match

What the hell happened, the guy just gave me his back?

Semifinal

Referee decision is always a bummer!

Competed at the Swedish Open 2015

I competed in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Swedish Open this last November where I fought in the -76kg adult black belt division and also the black belt open class division.

I ended up losing both my matches on points. In my weight category I lost 9-2 and in the open class i lost 7-2. It’s not like I am satisfied with the results as I don’t really compete to lose but overall I am positive looking back at the results as I fought two very competitive guys who is much younger than me and with a much stronger competition game. It was some good matches for sure and you can watch both of them right here! 🙂

Weight division:

Open class against Winson Ramos.

Added a new page to my blog

I just added a new page to my blog which is the “Where do I teach?” page. Here you can find more information about all the places I visit to teach and help with the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu programs.

I will be opening my own academy in the new year in my home city of Helsingør, Denmark. The school will be called BJJ3000 and you can check out the website here – www.bjj3000.dk

To find out the different places I teach around the world then click here or use the menu in the top of the page.

Brown belt matches from Helsingborg Open 2010, Swedish Open 2010, Nordic Open 2010 and Danish Open 2010

Here’s some old matches where I fought in the Helsingborg Open 2010, Swedish Open 2010, Nordic Open 2010 and Danish Open 2010 as a brown belt. It’s always nice to look back and then look at the present to see how your Jiu-Jitsu has progressed.

European Championship 2010

I remember having a period as a purple belt where I really disliked competing as I felt a lot of pressure and expectations on my shoulders and just feeling like the input I was getting was having a negative effect on my mental state. I just couldn’t cope with the idea that I had to perform to other peoples expectations so I didn’t really have many matches as a purple belt. I started competing again as a brown belt as that is where I somehow started to feel more comfortable and confident in my Jiu-Jitsu and also started not worrying with the expectations that I felt other people had in me. I was also in a bad mental state and had some bad habits outside of Jiu-Jitsu which really made me not live up to the potential that I probably had as I was more concerned with finding excuses as to why I didn’t need to train hard. I didn’t start Jiu-Jitsu to win gold medals or to become famous or anything like that. I lacked confidence and self-esteem and it become much more clear to me as a brown belt that only one persons expectations really mattered and that was the ones I put on myself. So I started to compete more and had quite a lot of success in the Scandinavian scene and won quite a lot of tournaments as a brown belt which all culminated when I won the IBJJF European Championship in Lisbon, Portugal, in the -76kg brown belt master division in 2012. All the matches can be found here on my blog or on my YouTube channel. Just scroll down and you will see 🙂

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It’s clear to see in these matches that I have a very tight style with a lot of pressure passing. I don’t open up to much and don’t do any advanced moves. I stick to the basics and try to make them work.

Check the matches out here!

Helsingborg Open 2010 – Semifinal in the -76 kg brown belt division.

Helsingborg Open 2010 – Final in the -76 kg brown belt division.

 

Swedish Open 2010 – Quarterfinal in the -76kg brown belt division.

Swedish Open 2010 – Semifinal in the -76kg brown belt division.

Swedish Open 2010 – Final in the -76kg brown belt division.

 

Nordic Open 2010 – Semifinal in the -76k brown belt division.

Same match with a different perspective.

 

Nordic Open 2010 – Semifinal in the -76k brown belt division.

Same match with a different perspective.

 

Danish Open 2010 vs a black belt in the Brown/Black belt open class. It’s fair to say I got smashed pretty good.

Competed at British Open 2015 this weekend

This weekend I fought in the British Open 2015 in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu side by side with my students and friends from North Wales Martial Arts Center in Rhyl and although we didnt win any gold medals, it was a great experience to hang out and see some great Jiu-Jitsu that hopefully inspired and motivated the guys from NWMA. There’s not much quality Jiu-Jitsu in Rhyl and the North Wales area where the NWMA academy is located and there is definitely a lack of black belts in the area also. In fact there isn’t any higher ranked guys around (brown and black belts) and I’m told that Rhyl and the surrounding areas is probably one of the poorest areas in Wales and Brittain in general, so its great to come here and teach both kids and adults the beautiful art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I truly believe Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can be a lifesaver, as it was for myself, for anyone who trains and adopts the positive mindset and problem solving attitude that is one of the awesome side-effects of training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Unfortunately Jiu-Jitsu has also become more a way of making money for some people around here than it is to actually live and feel the lifestyle and have a true and honest pursuit for perfecting the technique and also teaching the true values of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. There’s obviously also lots good people around here who do train and practices the art.

Mmpbjj open class opponent

So that is my goal in North Wales, to teach and show what i feel is the pure Jiu-Jitsu, and competing in the British Open is a way of showing the group at NWMA that winning or losing a tournament is not what defines you as a person, it is a way to learn more about yourself and how you react to the nerves, the adrenaline and the stress that kicks in. And I want to show that the effort you put in and the mindset in which you prepare and train yourself is what defines you. And losing is not something to be afraid of, everybody loses, especially in a Jiu-Jitsu tournament where 50% of the competitors lose their first fight. I lost both my matches this weekend but that doesn’t stop me because as I wrote, losing doesn’t define me or who I am or what I preach.  In sharp contrast to a instructor in the area who signs up to the tournaments but never shows up. The stories I  hear about this guy is just amazing and I definitely want to show that that’s not the way things work in Brazilian Jiu and in life in general.

So hopefully my friends and family is proud of me no matter what the outcome is. In the end is just a Jiu-Jitsu tournament, it’s not life or death. You have to embrace the nerves, the adrenaline and always try to make it into something positive. Obviously I know competing is not for everyone, so this is more a mindset for those who sign up. I’m not talking about winning the world championship but if you sign up and you talk the talk you have to walk the walk, win or lose doesn’t matter. Doing your best and trying is what matters. Again, win or loose we’re still back on the mats the week after to improve and correct our mistakes both as a person, as an instructor, as a Jiu-Jitsu competitor or whatever it is we decide to do or to be.

MMPBJJ British Open podium

Here’s my two fights from the weekend at the British Open in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I competed in the black belt master 1 lightweight division. First fight is from my weight class and the second one from the open class. Basically my mindset when i compete is to be aggressive, go for the submission and let my Jiu-Jitsu flow. Which I feel like I accomplished pretty well, even though i lost both my fights. I’ll be back competing again soon, this time side by side with my teammates and friends from ArteSuave and of course my students , kids and adults, from my classes at Fightworld.