My first tournament, was in Lancaster Pennsylvania,the organization was grapplers and it was truly an awesome experience. I was a white belt, roughly 3 months of training in, with a wrestling background but my jiu jitsu IQ was well...worth 3 months of training lol. I wasn’t nervous but I was most definitely excited, stomach still hurt though lol. I competed in gi and no-gi my first tourney, Taking 1st in no-gi, and 3rd gi. No-gi I felt strong but out of my element still having most of my grappling based on wrestling. A combo of takedowns & pressure I eeked out victories lol. For gi, it was another story, I realized that breaking grips was a very important thing, because I could not get a hold on my opponent and was getting roughed up from lack of gi game. I hated pajama wrestling back then, and was upset with that loss, but determined to get good at le 🥋 lol. Overall it was an amazing experience, this is where I first met @prof.brandam if I’m not mistaken. Also a memory that sticks with me and served as motivation to train harder than ever before, was watching @wackerswizardry compete in the 5 on 5 super fight team competition, a lot of today’s jiu jitsu stars competed in that, gonna have to research who and then tag them. After competing in this tournament the jiu jitsu bug I caught, grew to new heights. The challenge, the crowd, the atmosphere. I believed if I trained hard enough I could do big things, make this art my heart and soul. Now where that may take me I had no idea back then, but then again I wasn’t concerned, I just took it one day and competition at a time. One day, one move, one session at a time. This is a mindset I have had instilled me since day1. This medal means a lot to me, it was my first gold in jiu jitsu and I shall treasure it always for the memories it holds.