Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a particular sport. It’s a problem-solving discipline where the competitor need to deal with several parameters (BJJ positions, effective jiu jitsu moves, pressure, etc.) while he’s competing at the BJJ tournaments. And, also on he’s daily training.
There are tons of jiu jitsu competitions around the world (tournaments in Florida, Texas, San Diego, California, Houston, New Jersey, Canada, and many more locations). And, the good news is that a beginner BJJ white belt is also eligible to participate in these competitions if he decides to.
What follows is a list of BJJ competition tips to get yourself ready for it. Have fun!
Why Should I compete in Jiu Jitsu Tournaments?
Many people enter tournaments to improve their Brazilian jiu jitsu game. If you want to learn something new, and find out if are you getting better at BJJ martial arts or not?
Although, the quality of your training partners has a much greater impact on your skills than the competition does. But, a BJJ tournament is a part of the training, it alone will not improve your techniques.
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Practice More For BJJ tournaments
To compete in a BJJ tournament you have to attain a high level of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practice. Besides, you should accumulate strong knowledge and execute many BJJ defense/attack techniques (guard, back attack, mount, side control, armbar, …).
However, some students do jiu-jitsu simply because they enjoy gaining knowledge and have fun training this unique martial art. Maybe, they dislike the limelight or just don’t want to compete.
Otherwise, other people don’t like to compete, because they don’t know how to deal with loss and the competition’s stress.
Adopt the right BJJ tournament Mindset.
The tournament shows up a high level of understanding of Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Otherwise, it shows the competitor’s organization, strategy, planning, timing, attitude, strength, conditioning, and the acceptance of failure to upgrade.
Of course, if you win, you are happy. And, if you lose, your world gets turned upside down. This fear of losing scares some people from the competition, but some people live and die by BJJ competitions.
Understand that the best BJJ competitor doesn’t always win
Take for example the world jiu-jitsu championship; fifty fighters sweat and train hard, but there is only one winner.
What about the twenty-nine who worked so hard? Is the BJJ tournament winner the best BJJ fighter?
Sometimes, the competitor with the best techniques gets knockout in the first ride. Thus, if you decide to compete, realize that the BJJ competition is the art of dealing with pressure ‘where there is pressure there is competition’.
Understand That The Tournament BJJ Training Is Going To Help You
The jiu jitsu students who don’t compete are going to miss lots of opportunities to level up their game and learn many awesome things. Perhaps, a competitor feels more pressure than one who doesn’t compete. Although, he fights against himself, his feelings, and his choices.
Ultimately, the BJJ opponent you will face on the mat is yourself, because if you cannot deal with your internal issues, so it will affect your performance. Nevertheless, in the competition, you won’t be able to overcome your jiu-jitsu opponent if you are too worried about yourself.
However, if you are comfortable with your jiu-jitsu training, you will have the confidence to compete effectively. Thus, becoming the next BJJ champion is not about your opponent, it’s about you.
Let’s see how Nicholas Meregali had been absorbing lots of pressure before he defeated Leandro Lo in the World jiu-jitsu Championship 2017
The BJJ tournaments show such a small part of any given competitor’s knowledge that it masks what he knows.
In the academy, you can see your training partner for who he is. In fact, you will see him relaxed in the proper environment to exhibit his understanding of jiu-jitsu and educate you and others of its benefits.
The Brazilian jiu-jitsu competition will always be a window to show the world how professional the sport can be. But the growth of the sport over the coming generations will not be reliant on the competitive aspect.
Let us know how do you prepare for a jiu-jitsu competition?