Here are GORGEOUS photos from my match at the 5th Korea Open Jiu Jitsu Tournament. Photos by Song Kwang-Bin, publisher of blackbelt.kr, who kindly sent them to me. THANK YOU Mr Song! I love them. It takes my 1:15 match and shows exactly what happened.

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My fake-down attempt (ie. not really a take-down attempt)

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She got on top immediately and passed my guard with no problem

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Establishing more dominance and isolating my arm

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I tried to defend, but alas I was already in a sucky position

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And my feet are flying off the mat

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But I tried to keep things tight so she couldn’t get over

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Which she did, and my arm was exposed

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I was trying to pull my arm out of her grip

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She successfully isolated my top arm

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I valiantly was attempting to go inverted (I think)

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It was super fast and faster than I could react

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Again – looks like “Hey why don’t you escape” but this was a fraction of a second

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Grabbing the armbar and pushing up her hips

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It was tight on my arm

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I’m tapping

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As you can see I was terribly disappointing

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Victory hug. I was so excited. She was just flat out better than me

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I had such an awesome time

I don’t have amazing pictures from the gi match, but this was awesome. I’ve never had such nice pictures taken of my grappling.

My experience was positive enough that I decided to sign up for the Asia Open in Tokyo next month! I already bought my plane ticket! Woot!