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  • ali_monfaradi - Ali Monfaradi @ali_monfaradi 1 day ago
  • With every notable accomplishment, comes an interesting story.

Asian Beach Games 2016

Bahrain only sent 3 teams to this huge event, and BJJ was the only martial art, with only 1 representative.

For the first time, I felt a lot of pressure; I always fought in large events of my own accord, without expectations. Apparently I had all of Bahraini martial arts counting on my gold.

I told @rezajitsu I was nervous, he said something along the lines of "No. Why? Don't be nervous. Khalas." 😅

While some countries sent their best 2 fighters for every weight category, Bahrain had just 1, and in the most competitive category, men's -77kg.

I've never fought in an outdoor event, but being an islander from a very hot and humid country, I didn't think much of it... I was wrong.
Da Nang, Vietnam wasn't extremely warm, but the humidity had me almost lose me very first fight. I got the submission eventually, but it was probably one of my worst performances yet.
I was sweating much faster than I was drinking water. I kindly asked our team manager @janahi78 for some coconut water, and he didn't disappoint.

Regardless, a terrible migraine came and stayed with me all day, for the rest of my 5 fights. I was losing my semi final match, I noticed that the Secretary General of the BOC came to watch me personally, and coach kept telling me I was losing. I momentarily forgot about the fight(about 5 seconds left), and said I KNOW I KNOW! The ref told me not to speak, the fight resumed and I flipped a takedown, and consequently, won the match.

We had a 6 hour break before the final, and I couldn't sleep for even a moment, I was dehydrated and my head was throbbing. Then 30 minutes before my fight, I get a phone call from HH Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa @nasser13hamad This was my first interaction with him, I don't remember what I said but I'm pretty sure I didn't make much sense 🤦🏽‍♂️
I do remember him giving me UNBELIEVABLE words of encouragement, and well... That took care of that.

When we came back to Bahrain, my uncle said "Tomorrow, the king wants to see us".
I said: "Of Bahrain??"
He awarded me The Badge of Honor, of the First Degree. Me. A Jiu jitsu guy. With every notable accomplishment, comes an interesting story. Asian Beach Games 2016 Bahrain only sent 3 teams to this huge event, and BJJ was the only martial art, with only 1 representative. For the first time, I felt a lot of pressure; I always fought in large events of my own accord, without expectations. Apparently I had all of Bahraini martial arts counting on my gold. I told @rezajitsu I was nervous, he said something along the lines of "No. Why? Don't be nervous. Khalas." 😅 While some countries sent their best 2 fighters for every weight category, Bahrain had just 1, and in the most competitive category, men's -77kg. I've never fought in an outdoor event, but being an islander from a very hot and humid country, I didn't think much of it... I was wrong. Da Nang, Vietnam wasn't extremely warm, but the humidity had me almost lose me very first fight. I got the submission eventually, but it was probably one of my worst performances yet. I was sweating much faster than I was drinking water. I kindly asked our team manager @janahi78 for some coconut water, and he didn't disappoint. Regardless, a terrible migraine came and stayed with me all day, for the rest of my 5 fights. I was losing my semi final match, I noticed that the Secretary General of the BOC came to watch me personally, and coach kept telling me I was losing. I momentarily forgot about the fight(about 5 seconds left), and said I KNOW I KNOW! The ref told me not to speak, the fight resumed and I flipped a takedown, and consequently, won the match. We had a 6 hour break before the final, and I couldn't sleep for even a moment, I was dehydrated and my head was throbbing. Then 30 minutes before my fight, I get a phone call from HH Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa @nasser13hamad This was my first interaction with him, I don't remember what I said but I'm pretty sure I didn't make much sense 🤦🏽‍♂️ I do remember him giving me UNBELIEVABLE words of encouragement, and well... That took care of that. When we came back to Bahrain, my uncle said "Tomorrow, the king wants to see us". I said: "Of Bahrain??" He awarded me The Badge of Honor, of the First Degree. Me. A Jiu jitsu guy.
  • With every notable accomplishment, comes an interesting story. Asian Beach Games 2016 Bahrain only sent 3 teams to this huge event, and BJJ was the only martial art, with only 1 representative. For the first time, I felt a lot of pressure; I always fought in large events of my own accord, without expectations. Apparently I had all of Bahraini martial arts counting on my gold. I told @rezajitsu I was nervous, he said something along the lines of "No. Why? Don't be nervous. Khalas." 😅 While some countries sent their best 2 fighters for every weight category, Bahrain had just 1, and in the most competitive category, men's -77kg. I've never fought in an outdoor event, but being an islander from a very hot and humid country, I didn't think much of it... I was wrong. Da Nang, Vietnam wasn't extremely warm, but the humidity had me almost lose me very first fight. I got the submission eventually, but it was probably one of my worst performances yet. I was sweating much faster than I was drinking water. I kindly asked our team manager @janahi78 for some coconut water, and he didn't disappoint. Regardless, a terrible migraine came and stayed with me all day, for the rest of my 5 fights. I was losing my semi final match, I noticed that the Secretary General of the BOC came to watch me personally, and coach kept telling me I was losing. I momentarily forgot about the fight(about 5 seconds left), and said I KNOW I KNOW! The ref told me not to speak, the fight resumed and I flipped a takedown, and consequently, won the match. We had a 6 hour break before the final, and I couldn't sleep for even a moment, I was dehydrated and my head was throbbing. Then 30 minutes before my fight, I get a phone call from HH Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa @nasser13hamad This was my first interaction with him, I don't remember what I said but I'm pretty sure I didn't make much sense 🤦🏽‍♂️ I do remember him giving me UNBELIEVABLE words of encouragement, and well... That took care of that. When we came back to Bahrain, my uncle said "Tomorrow, the king wants to see us". I said: "Of Bahrain??" He awarded me The Badge of Honor, of the First Degree. Me. A Jiu jitsu guy.
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