Butterflies in the stomach as we head out on a beautiful sunny afternoon to Dartford Judo Club with Charlie competing in the English Open. We arrived early, ready to take on the challenge ahead, but at the weigh in, we realised Charlie would be competing two weight categories up, he would be competing at the 55kg category only weighing in at 45kg.
Andre was there to support his team mate and it was good to see the two boys enjoying themselves in the warm up, with Andre wishing he was also competing.
The fights were fast and furious with 4 minute rounds, Charlie did well in the first fight, avoiding an Americana and fighting with a lot of heart, during the second fight the weight advantage of his opponent was apparent and it was frustrating at times for Charlie.
He persevered to make us proud and achieved silver. Next year we will be back stronger and hopefully with a few more competitors at this tournemant!
On the drive home, Andre said to me 'in BJJ you either win or learn', I thought to myself we did a little bit of both today.