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One of my best days in Martial Arts by Jasmine Gannon

Monday, July 10, 2017

One of my best days in Martial Arts by Jasmine Gannon

I had never felt nerves like it before, my brain couldn't comprehend the fear pulsing through my veins; all of my body was telling me to run away and go home, my heart was beating, I felt sick, I was sweating and every muscle was tensed and alert. Nothing that I had experienced had ever close to how terrified I was when I was waiting for my name to get called. We had been in the sports halls for around two hours warming up and waiting for my weigh in and I had been perfectly calm and relaxed up until my group was called. Looking around at the other women in my group, I was the youngest by perhaps ten years and in my head I was tiny compared to everyone else, with my heart still beating, I tried to calm down and go through my game plan and remember what my dad (and instructor) had told me; arms in, knees in, keep breathing.

The women next to me was looking around in her bag for her drink but couldn’t find it, I immediately thought that there's no way that I can beat this giant woman but I can ‘kill her with kindness’ and psych her out so I gave her my water bottle and had a chat with her whilst trying to be my most friendly self. Finally my name was called and the feeling of absolute terror kicked in again; I looked over at my dad and brother, tried to smile and walked to the middle of the mat. I bowed at referee and then at my opponent, tried to relax and empty by mind, the referee said start and my opponent and I touched hands, from the minute the clock started my jiu jitsu brain kicked in and everything else was second nature, I jumped guard, and then swept her to top control.

Suddenly there was blood all over my hands, her shoulder and the matts and the fight was stopped, I was often having nose bleeds at training due to the heat so I knew I wasn’t hurt, but I was terrified of them disqualifying me when I knew I was up on points! My first thought was to convince the referee and the medic that I wasn’t injured and I was fine to carry on, all whilst blood was pouring out of my nose and onto my new light pink rashguard. I was taken over to the medical room to be assessed to whether or not I was injured and if I can carry on, I was telling everyone I can see that I was fine, I was not injured and I could definitely carry on! To my delight I was allowed to continue. My mindset was very different to how I had started out, I was no longer a bag of nerves, this time I was hungry for the win and focused. The match restarted and I fought the whole match to keep top control and what felt like after 3 hours, the 5 minute match was finished and I won.

The tiredness hit me like a brick wall, my limbs felt like jelly, my head was banging and I couldn’t catch my breath, the worst thing was I knew I only had a few minute break until I had to fight another girl for the Gold. I was less nervous this time when my name got called and my adrenaline was racing through. The referee said start and I went to shake hands with my opponent, instead of the sportsmanship hand bump I was used to, she grabbed my hand and tried to arm drag me, I defended quickly and smiled at her and knew in that moment that I could beat her. I jumped guard and within a few seconds had the kimura submission and was inches away from getting the win, I could hear my dad and brother screaming from the sidelines ‘finish her, finish her!’ and a second later I felt the familiar two tapps and knew that I had won gold. I was elated and couldn’t contain my joy, I took thousands of selfies with my new medal and was whisked away to McDonald's for my victory meal. In reality, the competition probably went very differently to how I remembered it but my memory is of me battling giant women fighting to the death to get the win.


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