3.04.2008

THE GEEZA: HOW TO WRITE A COMPETITION MATCH/FIGHT DIARY

by: The Geeza

This article makes three main points.

1. Get a friend to film every competition match you have so that you can remember exactly what happened during the match.

2. Write up every competition match you have in a standard format as soon as possible after the match.

3. Target your training activity after a tournament toward overcoming the mistakes you made at the competition.

If you are not a professional martial artist, whether you win or lose in competition is not as important as whether you learn something from each particular match. If you are a professional, you compete for only one reason; to win. But whether amateur or professional, if you win every match you enter, you are not competing at the right level; you are simply competing against people you can beat. And less is learned from Wins than Losses.

In ALL BJJ/Submission grappling matches there is one winner and one loser. So on average, if you are competing at the right level, you will win 50% of the time and lose 50% of the time. So by way of example, when you first become a blue belt you should expect to lose more than 50% of the time. And just before you become a purple belt you should expect to place in your weight bracket at major tournaments.

Competition is a good way to assess where you are in the BJJ learning process. But to learn effectively from a competition match, you need to analyze what happened in the match. The single most important tool for doing this is a video camera. It can be extremely hard to recall exactly what happened during a competition match as you have so much adrenalin flowing through you that your memory filing system gets a bit warped. Video cameras these days are cheap and last a long time; I have been using the same Sony camera for 4 years now. Tell whoever films your match that they must hold the camera completely still (a tripod works best), and turn the camera on for them; that way you can be sure you catch the action!

Once you have filmed your match, watch it a few times and then write it up using the following sections.

1. Match description - write a full and complete description of what happened during the match.

2. Technical lessons - what specific steps, in particular moves, did you do wrong or could you have improved upon?

3. Submission lessons – what mistakes did you make while attempting a submission or a submission defense?

4. Lessons related to points – what lessons did you learning about scoring points and advantages (both for and against you) during the match?

5. Mind-set lessons – what was your mental activity like before, during and after the match?

6. Fitness lessons - How was your stamina? Your breath control? Your strength? Your flexibility? Did you burn your grips? How was your pace?

7. Any general you lessons learned that maybe related to; preparation, venue, arrival time, warm ups, injuries, referees, coaching, rules, your game-plan, the crowd, opponents, stalling, your gear or any other aspect of the game you need to learn about; even your video-taping of the match (I learned to never rewind and replay video at the venue the hard way – I wound back to watch, and then recorded over, one of my matches!!)

Why go through this process? The competition match write-up is an important learning tool. It helps you to avoid repeating the same mistakes and directs your training toward your weaknesses. Additionally, every competition match is different and you will learn something new at every contest.

Here are some submissions from the 2007 Indonesian Submission Wrestling Championship, one from 2005, and one from Manila 2007 that I had filed away and neglected for a while.

11 second flying arm bar!!! - Submission #259
00:36
Bramono Lunardi (blue rash guard) vs Rizky Suud. Indonesian Submission Wrestling Championship. November 24, 2007.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8wf-iPpiNs


101 Submissions By Geeza - #17 Joao Leonardo
04:33
Geeza vs Joao Leonardo. Heavyweight Division Finals match plus 3 takedowns from the Absolute division (Normal, Nasty and Nice).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vnk0boy5ACw


Submission #260 - Gordon Preston vs Luis Blanco
04:48
Gordon Preston vs Luis Blanco (army shorts). Philippines Grappling Challenge, Dec 3 2007, Manila.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXPqidmSrEc


Submission #258 - Fransino Tirta vs Dodi Al Fayed
01:49
Fransino (red shorts) vs Dodi Al Fayed. At the time of this match Fransino had an unbeaten MMA record with 13 fights. Indonesian Fransino (red shorts) vs Dodi Al Fayed. Indonesian Submission Wrestling Championship. November 24, 2007.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPGHAoB9dPU


Submission #248 - Patrick vs Mustadi
02:03
Patrick (white shorts) vs Mustadi. Indonesian Submission Wrestling Championship. November 24, 2007.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcxgZJy6rf4


Submission #252 - Mustadi vs Teja Nataarmaja
01:30
Mustadi vs Teja Nataarmaja. Indonesian Submission Wrestling Championship. November 24, 2007.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdnvOsTN0vM


Submission #249 - Roy vs Resa
01:55
Roy vs Resa (blue knee). Indonesian Submission Wrestling Championship. November 24, 2007.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srXZacc4crQ


Submission #251 - Nick Shearman vs Eko Adrianto
05:31
Nick Shearman (blue rash guard) vs Eko Adrianto. Indonesian Submission Wrestling Championship. November 24, 2007.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJtuDVMiLLo


Submission #255 - Rico Suci Alam vs Agus Subagyo
01:48
Rico Suci Alam vs Agus Subagyo.
Indonesian Submission Wrestling Championship. November 24, 2007.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6TuuXMLQ9g


Submission #247 - Nano vs Dodi
01:19
Nano (white t-shirt) vs Dodi. Indonesian Submission Wrestling Championship. November 24, 2007.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZc_6_TNam4


Submission #254 - Fransino Tirta vs Stanley
03:07
Fransino Tirta (red shorts) vs Stanley. Indonesian Submission Wrestling Championship. November 24, 2007.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKIAoQwpNPs


Submission #253 - Agus Subagyo vs Jansen Setiawan
00:42
Agus Subagyo vs Jansen Setiawan. Indonesian Submission Wrestling Championship. November 24, 2007.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dg7vF9l1C1Y


Submission #257 - Fransino Tirta vs Alexander Sumardi
01:00
Fransino Tirta (red shorts) vs Alexander Sumardi. Indonesian Submission Wrestling Championship. November 24, 2007.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucy7qsI2eJI


Submission #256 - Eko Adrianto vs Yudianto Spanko
05:32
Eko Adrianto (blue rash guard) vs Yudianto Spanko. Indonesian Submission Wrestling Championship. November 24, 2007.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbI9xnhBLgw


Submission #250 - Roy vs Stanley
05:01
Roy vs Stanley (white t shirt). Indonesian Submission Wrestling Championship. November 24, 2007.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMli68vwhTg

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