Journey to the cage

I Won! but then I lost... no I learned

After a month of working on only grappling, the big day finally arrived.

On 2 June, as part of my MMA training, I took part in a grappling tournament. This tournament is the preview to Klerksdorp Fight Night. Here one of my teammates Herman van der Westhuizen put on a dominating performance. He tapped out his much more experienced opponent in the first round. Well done buddy!

Back to the grappling. I was a nervous wreck although I didn’t want to tell anybody. My first opponent looked much stronger than me. This worried me a little but it was too late to run away. Although the crowd were cheering and screaming, all I remember was my coach’s voice.

“Move your arm, head on the ground, you’ve got it,” Charl Bouwman’s booming voice pierced my ears.

Then as if out of a dream, I felt the tap. The big guy I was worried about gave up. I won! I couldn’t believe it, I won and it didn’t feel like I wanted to die. Roevan and Charl at CGA really prepared me well for this. I made it all the way to the finals in my division where I eventually lost to another teammate, Michael McIntyre. It’s not fun to lose especially right after you tasted victory, but it was good to lose to a teammate.

Team CGA dominated the competition with one gold, three silvers, and a bronze in four divisions. CGA are on a winning path, Francois Meyer won at Fightstar, Roevan de Beer scored a victory in the EFC, Herman van der Westhuizen took a great win at KFN and the grappling team shone.

I’m looking forward to my first fight these guys know what they are doing.

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