During 2008, I competed as a white belt at the Gracie Invitational at SENI and at the Kent BJJ Open (now the English BJJ Open). Here’s a video of my first fight at the Kent Open with Seetha Udin of Checkmat. I went on to win my second bout on points and to lose my third on points to take home the silver.
Meg Smitley versus Zoe Hall SENI May 2008
The Gracie Invitational at the SENI exposition in May 2008 was my first BJJ competition; I also competed at the Kent BJJ Open in that year, shortly before a second knee injury took me out of that part of the game. I won my first fight by arm bar and below is a video of my second bout against Zoe Hull of Pedro Bessa BJJ; I took home the gold that day. This was an exhilarating experience which taught me a lot about myself and what I can be capable of under pressure.