Hellfish International In-House BJJ Tournament

hellfish-international-in-house-bjj-tournament-medalI competed at the Hellfish in-house tournament last week, but it sometimes takes me a few days/weeks/months/years to write a blog post. The two people that read this blog don’t complain often enough.

It was a good experience. In-house tournaments are awesome, especially ones run by the venerable Tim Carpenter and the fighting Hellfish. Honestly, I learned just as much as I did traveling to California for Worlds, while paying almost nothing. Funny thing was that I was more nervous at the in-house, because so many of my friends and training partners were there. So I was more cautious than usual, and so wasn’t happy with the kind of jiu jitsu I played, even though I was lucky enough to pull out a win in all three matches.

Here’s a picture of my ass (it’s the only pic I have without my face in it):


Hellfish In-House: The Movie

Here is the movie that the critics are already talking about for this year’s Oscars:

Tim Carpenter Post-Tournament Analysis

Tim and Ricardo weighed in with their in-house tournament experience:

Surviving a Guillotine

lex-hellfish-tournament-guillotineI learned a lot of tough lessons, but the one that stuck with me most is captured pretty well by the picture on the left. In a tough match with a teammate, I was up on points in a deep guillotine from a takedown, with 30 seconds left. I went into it based on the fact that this position is supposed to be safe, but because I was breathing very hard, I was stuck there, and he had a good angle on it, I felt like I was going to go out and I couldn’t breath. But that was just panic talking. THAT’s what jiu jitsu taught me. Even when adrenaline is going crazy: trust the technique and relax…

Celebrity Sightings

No tournament would be complete without a few black belt celebrity sightings. First, the superfight champion Steve Plyler, featuring the best hair in jiu jitsu:


On deck, we have the beautiful Dom Cosenza and the legendary Ronnie Wuest:


And finally, we have the animal himself, Ricardo Migliarese, entertaining a bored 3-year old spectator:


0 thoughts on “Hellfish International In-House BJJ Tournament

  1. Keith

    Hey Lex,

    Thanks for the blog man. You put out a lot of great videos and information.

    I had a quick question for you that, hopefully, you’ll find pertinent and interesting. I’m a very novice BJJ white belt, and I’ve only been training for a few months. As such, I’d like to roll with the more experienced blue and purple belts at my gym, but I face kind of a dilemma: I feel that, while I may be learning a lot rolling with these guys, I don’t think they get much out of it. So, my question is: how can I be a better training/rolling partner for people that are way more experienced/better than me? Should I just stick to rolling with other white belts, or is there something I can do, etiquette-wise, that will make it more worthwhile for the more experience people? Or is it just a matter of time, experience, and training? Thanks for any feedback, and, again, I appreciate all your information.



    1. Lex Post author

      Hey Keith, that’s a great question, and a tough one. I’ll have to think about it, and maybe write about it. I’m glad you’re thinking in this way. The answer for me is you have to show that you’re trying to do good technique and that you’re interested in learning. That can come off in many ways. For example, you might ask him a question on how to do a certain sweep, and then try to spend the rest of the roll getting to the position where you can try the sweep and go for it over and over. I do that with black belt instructors especially. Try my hardest to successfully execute the move they taught to me recently. Thanks again man. Keep training!


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