My Last Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competition in Japan

My Last Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competition in Japan

Back in April, I asked the question, “Should I compete again?” and on Sunday, May 28, 2017 I answered that by entering my last Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition in Japan.  My family and I have lived in Japan for the last three years, and I have competed as often as my work schedule would allow.  I haven’t always won (pretty rarely actually) but I always left it all on the mat.

This past Sunday was no different.  I’m moving back to Virginia in July, and wanted to compete one last time before we leave.  It sounds easy enough but with my work schedule being as crazy as ever (I work 12 hour night shifts in an Emergency Room) and preparing for a big family overseas move, I haven’t been training Jiu Jitsu on any consistent basis.  But, that didn’t deter me.  I decided that I just wanted to go out there, compete, and have fun.

My Last Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competition in Japan

I competed in the Dumau East Japan Jiu Jitsu Championship.  I originally signed up for the Senior 3 division (45 years and older) but I was the only one in that division for my weight class.  I ended up coming down to the Senior 1 division and competed there.  I finished my weight division in 2nd place, which I was very happy with.

My Last Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competition in Japan

Men’s Senior 1, -81kg Division

I also entered the Open Weight Division, in my original age bracket.  I did well in the match until I got swept, and then I couldn’t move my opponent.  I gave up around 70 lbs, so to answer the age old question;  yes, size matters.

My Last Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competition in Japan
Men’s Senior 3, Open Weight Division

 

Our three years here in Japan have flown by, and I’m so thankful to have met so many great people at the numerous tournaments I’ve participated in.  I’d like to give a special thank you to Professor Edison Kagohara for his support and friendship during our time here.

My Last Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competition in Japan
Professor Edison Kagohara

 

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Andy is a husband, father, and an avid Martial Artist. He has a beautiful wife Connie, and two wonderful children. He competes regularly in both Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo, and holds Black Belt ranks in Judo and Japanese Jujitsu and a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Andy Barker enlisted in the United States Navy in 1989. He was a Hospital Corpsman serving with Marine Corps Infantry Battalions, aboard two submarines as the sole medical provider for the crew and with the Amphibious Navy. Andy received his Bachelors of Science in Nursing and was Commissioned in the Navy Nurse Corps in 2011. He remains on active duty currently serving as an Emergency Room Nurse in Yokosuka, Japan. Andy is an amateur filmmaker and blogger. You can find him on YouTube under MadSiss Productions and on Vimeo under the same name.

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