IBJJF Vegas Spring International Open 2013

After the long five-hour drive with 4 guys on the road, I was starving and tired. One of our team mates had a friend that lived in Las Vegas, who just happened to be out of town for the weekend; his house worked out great for our weekend trip! A bedroom for each of us in a two-story house with a pool table seemed like the perfect getaway for a weekend of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu; staying a few exits away from The Strip, down the street from a grocery store and restaurants, it seemed like we had everything we needed. This was my first chance in a really long time to get away, and it ended up being a bjj girl style adventure!

A shower was a welcome luxury, as being crammed into a small SUV with four other guys, that needed showers themselves, did not leave me feeling my girliest… While I cleaned up, the guys decided to cook a much needed, and delicious meal. We were ready for, what we thought, would be relaxing day of outdoors enjoyment… Oh boy…

Morning came quickly and around 10 am, we packed up and headed out to Mount Zion, and our planned day of fun and excitement in mother-nature. A day later, we would have hours of intensity and competition as the team would compete in the IBJJF Las Vegas Open, but today, we were eager to get through a day of hiking and sight-seeing. The drive was a long three hours away, so after several pit stops and a few frantic and possible (but averted) emergencies, we managed to make it to the State Park. Since the drive was long, there was talk of heading back but we were just a mile away from the entrance to Zion so I decided to have us continue. However, as we pulled into the parking lot of Mount Zion, I felt the car pull, as if something was wrong with the transmission. We were in trouble. We quickly found out that the transmission was shot, and we just spent several hours driving as far as possible away from where we needed to be first thing in the morning. With some quick thinking, and proper use of Triple A, we managed to get a tow truck to us with just enough time to get us back to the dealership in Las Vegas to work out a repairs and a rental car. Yours truly, BJJ Girl, saved the day with some quick thinking, helping the tow truck guy and getting us a discount through my expert negotiating skills, AND THEN, talking the salesman at the dealership to make a special exception for us and get us an after hours rental car. Man do they still owe me for that…

Tournament Day! We made it to the the IBJJF Las Vegas International Spring Open right as the rest of the competitors were starting to get settled in and prepared for the beginning. The first matches belonged to one of our Blue Belts. He rocked his first match, winning a hard fight just barely, and then going on to dominate his second opponent, but losing to his third. Next was our star competitor, who soared though his bracket and took first easily! Our instructor was last to go in the Brown Belt division, where he took first. Both of our top competitors moved on to the Absolute bracket where our blue belt took second place. Watching BJJ all day is always a pleasure, but it got long and hot in the Las Vegas sun whenever I would step outside for some fresh air. A cold Acai Bowl was a welcome relief when the matches started to become more spread out, but we were in it for the long haul to support the team!

Leaving with two golds and a silver left us pumped up and excited for a night out on the Las Vegas Strip. We rushed home and put on our best outfits and headed to the Aria for dinner and drinks. We walked around and enjoyed ourselves for a few hours, but we knew we had a long journey home the next day, so we kept our composure. The next day we actually headed to our same spots for some pre-drive sightseeing at the Coca-Cola and M&M factory. Plenty of BJJ celebrities and gold medal winners were to be seen parading the strip, and I was happy to be in good company. We drove home with a great weekend of memories, and a time for the Carlson Gracie Temecula and Murrieta history books. Thanks guys for a great weekend!

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