Jiu jitsu has not only kept me in good shape, but has given me friendships and life lessons money can't buy. These gifts were given to me only by sacrificing countless hours, blood, pain, and sweat on the mat.
One lesson in particular I recalled the other day training with some friends. I don't compete often. Training under Royce is definitely not geared towards points and tournaments. But I have from time to time for fun.
The last tournament I did was a year ago or so against a very tough, stocky guy. As the match began, I was very hesitant. Looking to stay away from his hips so I wouldn't be thrown into oblivion. The feeling each other out went on for what felt like 15 mins...it was only a few moments until he blitzed me. He charged me with a. double leg takedown. Sending us both 3 mats over and on top of some other competitors. We restarted in my guard. I looked for his collar. Got it! Sneaked my other hand in to finish the choke. Got it again! As I'm watching his lips turn purple (that's why I love chokes...you can tell when its working), I relax...big mistake! He pushed his forearm against my face (the dreaded crossface) causing me to let go of the choke. He stands to pass my guard.
As we both stand up, I look at the timer. Only a few seconds remain! To my surprise, they gave him points for the earlier takedown out of bounds! With a sense of urgency, I drop to his legs securing a sweep. I sweep him, and attempt to mount for the win! As I get up to mount, he beat me to it. I came up too wide and was out of position. My opponent then grabs my pants, throws my legs, and secures north south position as time expires.
I learned two inportant lessons. One, keep my head next to my opponent when choking! Two, when things look their bleakest...you ALWAYS have options! My choke has since gotten better, and my spirit calmer in times of distress.
On to the review! Upon first bite, these are almost indistinguishable from the Jacked Cheesy Enchilada flavor I reviewed a while back. Very zesty with strong overnotes of sour cream and chili powder. Being from California...our street tacos don't have sour cream or cheese on them. I was hoping Doritos would stay true and give us a flavor with more onion, beef, hot sauce, cilantro...etc. Alas, it's only a name, and these are still pretty good! 3.75 outta 5 on the chip mack scale.
As a bonus to you guys...you can see the match I described above here: NABJJF Match