I Lost At The Pan Ams pt. II

March 20

Gracie Humaitá Austin Student #1: On Thursday, our very own Justin will be competing at the Pam Ams and even though we cannot be in the stands we can be with him in spirit. Wishing you good jiu-jitsu – be first, be focused and be sharp!

Gracie Humaitá Austin: Justin Baize will represent with the patch on his back, the fire in his heart, and the team by his side. No better representative to have in battle than JB. Impose your will. Don’t give your opponents an inch, and never let them get started with their game. This is how you win championships. It’s not who has the better game. It’s who forces the match to their best game.

March 21

My Instructor: Let’s all align our hearts and minds with Justin today as he prepares to step on the mat for the Pan Ams today. He and Darren Branch will be repping our family at the tournament this weekend. Today for Justin, Saturday for our man Keebler.


[Time passes]

GHA Student #2: Getting pumped for Justin to represent Gracie Humaitá Austin on the mat!!!

[Time passes]

GHA: Justin Baize is up

My Match

GHA: Hard fought match by our monster aka Justin Baize, today he came up a just a bit short but, we all know that he will come back stronger. One Team. One Family. One Legacy.

My Instructor: Congrats to Justin for stepping up. I guarantee you that after his training for the tournament, the Justin of today would kick the crap out of the Justin from a month ago. And that’s the point.

GHA Student #3: It takes great courage, complete dedication and countless hours of work just to get out there and compete at that level. Thank you Justin for giving it your all and going out there to represent!

GHA Student #1: You fought hard and I’m very proud of you.

GHA Student #4: You’re a warrior Justin! You’re an excellent role model & prime example of the jiu jitsu practitioner I want to be. Props for flying out & laying it all on the line.

March 22nd

from:  A Close Friend Who Trains
to:  Justin
date:  Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 10:40 AM
subject:  Texted it to you but your phone is prob off

Hey brother I just wanted to send you a msg, which doesn’t need a reply at all. I know the pain of loss and I’m sorry it didn’t go as planned. I am not even going to attempt trying to say something to easy that. Just don’t let it get in the way of enjoying your vacation. You will have countless hours to replay it in your head later – no need to do it now. If you need anything, I can be available for your any request. I love bro.

from: Close Friend #II Who Trains
to:  Justin
date:  Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 11:40 AM
subject:  No Worries

I thought I would drop you a quick line via email (as requested), while also promising to keep the sappiness/sympathetic [Insert Last Name]-ness to a minimum (I also tried to write this as eloquently as you come off on paper, but failed miserably). I just wanted to say that the tiredness you experienced is probably completely separate from your actual cardio state going into that match. Even if you were not consciously shitting bricks (which 99.9% of the human populace would be doing exactly that), nerves will completely mess up your breathing, etc. I’ve read stories about Mark Kerr spending the first half of his gas tank throwing up in the bathroom for an hour before every fight. Look at GSP vs Matt Serra 1… The nerves of defending his belt for the first time did that to GSP, I promise you it wasn’t his lack of athleticism. I’m just saying, don’t be hard on yourself man. It’s a game of inches, and you lost by 1, and it could have gone the other way around the other 9 out of 10 times. So go party it up, forget about Jiu Jitsu for a few days, get some sun, stare at beautiful women, and just take a deep breath because you more than earned it.

from:  Girlfriend
to:  Justin
date:  Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 1:08 PM
subject:  Re: I Lost My Very First Match

Oh lover, you have made me so proud. I will not invalidate your feelings by disputing them but I will say that you’re a strong, brave man for whom I have much respect and adoration.  I’ll provide my lap, a movie, a couple of arms and two cheeseburgers whenever you decide you’re ready for company.

from:  My Sponsor
to:  Justin
date:  Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 5:54 PM
subject:  Re: I Lost My Very First Match

Dude–its fine. I know this sounds cliche, but its true: There is only winning and learning. When you understand that, I bet you’ll never lose to another inferior opponent again.

March 24th

“You are the inspired application of motion in jiu-jitsu. Become it’s logic.”

-An inscription I found on the whiteboard in my room.


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