Coach Carlos helped Hunter warm up before his match. Unfortunately things didn't go his way, but he's ready to start training for the next competition.

Coach Carlos helped Hunter warm up before his match. Unfortunately things didn’t go his way, but he’s ready to start training for the next competition.

I think it’s safe to say that winning matches and collecting the resulting medals are fun parts of every tournament. Sometimes though, things don’t go our way. But that’s okay – through the years I’ve personally learned to appreciate the more subtle tournament experiences. I’m talking about witnessing the team bond grow little stronger, the kids’ confidence boost a little higher, and the coaches leading their students in a way that makes you proud. Congrats to all of the ATP BJJ RMNU students who competed yesterday. You all deserve the gold for stepping out of your comfort zones and stepping on the mat.