On Sunday January 24th 2016, representatives from 10th Planet San Francisco, San Mateo and Walnut Creek went to test their skills at the Gracie Nationals Submission Only tournament within the Fit Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
San Francisco had Alex, Andrew, Erwin with Cash taking gold with 2 submissions. San Mateo had Alan, Zach, Daniel, Aldo with Brian taking silver and an impressive last second arm in guillotine finish in his first match. Walnut Creek had Matt, Austin and Corbin with some impressive defensive skills and some very dominant matches although they ended in a draw.
Some took gold, some silver, everyone received experience and an opportunity for growth; which is really why we do this anyhow. When we stand and compete we see ourselves from another angle and tackle something that many folks talk themselves out of. Our greatest fears and troubles lie within ourselves, leading up to the thing, Once you slap hands all that goes away and you are just left with the greatest teacher in front of you, that guy trying to choke you out, and it’s not that bad.