SUSPENDED – LEARNING TO BITE MY TONGUE!

SUSPENDED – LEARNING TO BITE MY TONGUE!

I’ve seen online over the past several months the talk about my competition status and have had many questions posed to me about the same. I feel now is the right time to address these inquiries. Let me start at the beginning. Over one year ago I competed in the 2015 European Championships. My quarter final match against a Brazilian opponent (pictured above) – someone I knew quite well – ended on points in favor of my adversary. During the match several things happened, including when we rolled out of bounds, but he had a hold of the lapel around my neck. Because the official deemed that as a ‘legitimate’ submission attempt he was awarded two points, and the lead. I passed the guard and secured the back of my opponent which would have awarded me an additional 7 points and the lead, but I was not awarded the points due to the discretion of the official and time ran out. That, however, is not what upset me. As I stepped off the mat and was walking towards the other side of the gymnasium, I saw my opponent walking towards me, grinning and boasting about his win. I looked at him in disgust, still fuming with frustration and said in Portuguese, “Congrats, your Jiu Jitsu is really beautiful…you just have one position.” I specifically said that because the same exact thing happened in the 2012 PanAm Brown Belt Final against him. Feel free to take a look (here). After I said that, we both said some things in the heat of the moment that were offensive to each other...