Last weekend saw the finish of our National training camp on Friday and the Oceania Continental championships starting with the juniors on Saturday and seniors on Sunday.
I had a rather good preparation for the competition and was going in pretty confident on winning. I sauned a few kg and maintained my weight really well. I refueled and re hydrated with few different strategies than what i am normally used to doing and they proved the best i have done in my career. After a good warm up with eventual 66kg winner Ivo dos Santos i came out and fought the very experienced New Caledonioan first fight.
I have never faced Chevalir in comp and was looking forward to it quite a bit. We moved around the mat for a full five minutes with me scoring a yuko in the first exchange with a sumi gaeshi and then controlled his drop seoi nages and after both of us concede a few penalties i won the fight with 1 waza ari and 1 yuko to his 1 yuko from penalties.
Second fight was against Bronkhorst from New Zealand. Lee is a young up and coming Christian fighter who fights with alot of heart and determination (as he showed in his tough fight against Katz the day before.) After Lee attempted a few drop seoi nages i ended up controlling a sleeve and stepping over his head and applying a juji gatame for the ippon.
My final was against Arnie Dikins from Queensland who had beaten me previously at the national championships in June. I cam eout strong throwing my opponent with a big ogoshi style technique for an ippon/waza ari (I'm not sure) and after the middle referee awarded an ippon it was soon downgraded to a waza ari.
After piling a bit too much pressure on my opponent he drop under my right arm for a drop seoi nage scoring a waza ari and then about 30 seconds later dikins ducked under my arm and took me backwards with a footsweep for another waza ari and thus winning the fight.
I am very dissapointed with my performance (ha GSP jokes)in the final but i can take away alot of positives and continue to improve as a whole in order to win in the future.
This Sunday is the NSW open where a few of the foreigners are staying on and hopefully on the weekend ill be able to fight them in the 60kg category. The week after that i leave for the Miami world cup and US open where i will be keen to win a stack of fights and take a medal at a world cup outside of Oceania.