Tell us how you felt before and after winning the 1st place at 2015 Subfighter No Gi Women’s Tournament?
That tournament was when I felt the most comfortable with competing in jiu jitsu. In past tournaments, I sometimes didn’t feel completely present since I was too nervous. I also would sometimes not breathe properly which would obviously effect my performance. I’ve had tournaments where I won, but was unhappy with my performance because I knew I wasn’t at my best. I’ve also had the opposite happen as well. I’m pleased with my performance, if I’m at my best whether I win or lose. I enjoy competing a lot because I love it, but it also helps me get more practice at controlling my nerves. I already had 3 or 4 tournaments under my belt that year and had been using meditative practices about my performance to improve it.
Before the tournament started, I had the usual nerves yet it wasn’t as intense and I was able to fully focus. I felt completely present and performed at the best of my ability in each match. Afterwards, I felt very happy with the results of my matches, not just because I won, but because I knew I was operating at my best.
Tell us about a memorable experience you still remember about one of the fitness competitions that you wish to share?
When I competed at a national level show in Chicago, I mainly remember another competitor’s routine and the crowd’s response. I’m happy to say that all of my shows have run smooth for me. Many times you hear people talking about tripping in the heels or something going wrong with the music during the routine. This competitor went on stage to start her routine and there was a malfunction with the music. Everyone was looking around wondering what she was going to do. Then she just started performing her routine without any music. It was a very upbeat, fast type of dance and the crowd began to clap with it. She received a huge roar from the crowd and standing ovation at the end of her routine. I love the emotional response to these sporting moments, and love that she didn’t let the malfunction affect her performance.
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