The 2009 Ny Open just happened yesterday and I can't say I am not disappointed with the outcome. I worked hard and smart, but I fell short once again. I would like to thank everyone who came to watch my match. I feel like I let you guys all down, but have faith. I am dreaming about the upcoming US National Championships in April. It is back to the drawing board for me on this post-defeat Monday. I drew many lessons from my loss on Saturday against Scott Edwards (Canada) although the match was very short. 4 things... Seoi nage-block the hip-shoulder roll. Kata guruma, lapel elbow clinched tight to avoid being countered. Confidence in attacking on the ground. High C-knee blocks sprawl-to reverse lift.
Lying on the mat after the referee raised his hand to signal ippon for my opponent was a devastating blow to my Judo ego and self. I will allow this match to fuel my quest to the top of the Nation.