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|2010 Global Open
Anaheim, California October 28th-30th
The competition was fierce and national team members from several countries were present. It was a great opportunity to recieve WTF and USAT seeding points and to gain the valuable experience that only international style competition can offer. We were very proud to send Jesse S. and Matthew M. along with sparring coach Master Shearer to represent Primal, Alaska, and the USA. Matthew (age 14) and Jesse (age 13) both fought Juniors 14-17 division and adult 18-32 division.
Jesse recieved a BRONZE in the Juniors division going out with a score of 2-5 against the eventual Gold Medalist. He fought hard and represented very well for his first time ever fighting 14-17 black belt division. Jesse recieved no medal this time for Seniors 18-32 as he drew the Senior National Team member first round but gained very valuable experience. Primal is very proud of Jesse.
Matthew received a GOLD in the Juniors division defeating his opponent 9-2. He had a very tough match in the semi-finals but managed to recover and come back and let everyone know that he is absolutely a force to be reckoned with.
Matthew also fought the 18-32 division which was a very full division. His first draw was a former national team member (age 24) and he was tough. He punched Matthew in the face 3 times drawing blood (see pic below) but was never called for it. Matthew kept his composure and emotions in check. These fighters are fast and very smart. Matthew took the lead early on and then managed to keep the lead to the end.
Fast forward to the semi-finals, Matthew faced a very good fighter almost a head taller then himself. This proved to be a very tough match but Matthew prevailed. The final match was against Ecuador (age 30). Injured, tired, and definately feeling the affects of 2 straight days of fighting, Matthew went out fighting like a champion. Matthew managed to score the first point and continue to do so through all 3 rounds. In the last 20 seconds of round 3, it looked like the match would be going to Sudden Death and the Ecuador competitor scored a light headshot. He then managed to avoid Matthew's attack for that remaining 20 seconds.
Matthew recieved a SILVER but managed to earn the respect of several high level coaches around the country.
Jesse- Bronze Junior Sparring, Bronze Forms
Matthew- Gold Junior Sparring, Silver Senior Sparring, Silver Forms