by David Zwanetz – If you were at the Boston Open 2011 you would have seen Cathy Tran-Zwanetz in rare form. It was one of those tournaments when all the training, game planning, and circuit training all come together. That being said, it was far from an easy road to Boston. Cathy had a particularly hard weight cut this time. In fact, she slept in her sauna suit on Friday night and woke at 6:00 am Saturday morning and drove thirty minutes to the only gym in Boston advertising a sauna only to find that the sauna was broken. After running a few miles in her sauna suit pajamas, Cathy used the heat in the car on her drive back to the hotel to cut the remaining pound and a half. Cathy did not have so much as a sip of water from Friday night until weigh-in. Thus, Cathy was in full crazy mode.
Cathy’s first match in her weight class was against the 2011 Mundial silver medalist- an opponent she knows well and has fought many times in the past. Thus, Cathy looked very much forward to facing off with her yet again. Cathy and her nemesis were set to fight first match. Cathy got the call and was precisely on weight (118 gi-on). However, her opponent was over. After changing gis, shedding rash guards, and doing whatever else she could think of, Cathy’s opponent was readily disqualified for being .5 lbs over. Cathy was too busy re-hydrating to pay this any mind. Cathy was thrust directly to the division finals where she quickly swept, passed, mounted, swept, and mounted her opponent yet again to win the match by a staggering 15-0 with multiple advantages. Cathy’s preparations paid-off – Cathy is the 2011 Blue Belt Pluma champ!
Cathy immediately signed up for the Open division. Cathy fought her first Open division earlier this year and has been determined and dedicated to her Open medal pursuit ever since. As a bonus, Cathy hoped to get a second opportunity to have the match that really wanted against the opponent that did not make weight in their division. Cathy got the match! Cathy beautifully executed her game plan – she quickly pulled and went to work from her guard. Cathy went oma plata to triangle and with three minutes left in the match, Cathy submitted the 2011 Mundial silver medalist. Cathy was moved to the finals and was elated. This is when things got very interesting.
The way that the other side of the bracket worked out, Cathy’s opponent was a heavyweight, every bit of 6 feet tall and 180 lbs. Cathy undeterred and still on edge from the weight cut stuck to her game plan. Within seconds, Cathy had her opponents back (looking like a tick on the back of a bull). Technique prevailed and with both her opponent flattened in a back mount sunk in a brutal bow and arrow choke for the Open Division win!
Cathy was very excited and very thankful for all the priceless time that Master Julius has spent assisting her with her game plan and preparing her mentally and physically for challenges like this open division battle.
Editors note: Tye Ryan Murphy, Devon Delbrugge, and Mike Kellogg also competed and medalled at the tournament.