Why You Should Compete in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournaments

Posted: June 23, 2013 in BJJ Advice
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Why you should compete in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments are getting much more popular, and are popping up everywhere from small local tournaments to large regional championships. I personally think that tournaments are a great experience and everyone should compete for a lot of beneficial reasons. The key to tournaments isn’t only to focus on the outcome of how you perform but rather to grow and develop as a fighter on the journey of preparing for the tournament. These are my three reasons why you should register and compete within the next month.

1. Allows you to gauge how effective your BJJ game is.

Training at the same gym with the same people sometimes doesn’t accurately gauge how effective your game really is simply because your partners recognize the techniques you use from months of experience. When fighting in tournament however, your competition will not be used to your game and it will allow you to see how you match up. This is also good because it will show you your strengths and weaknesses, which will help you develop into a better fighter. By understanding where you are weak, it can instantly help you with progressing your game because you have something to focus on.

2. Gives you a goal to reach for that will enhance your training.

When you train to simply learn BJJ, sometimes the focus can be lost and you don’t necessarily put in the hard work and learn the intricacies that are in the sport of BJJ. I refer to this as the auto pilot phase, because you are just there to do the class then leave and sometimes don’t put in the extra effort. By entering into tournaments it almost gives you a jump-start of motivation to train harder, eat healthier and become more technical because you don’t want to do poorly when competing. It is an awesome accountability system that I would argue gives people a great reason to push harder when training.

3. Enables you to conquer anxiety.

One interesting thing about registering for a tournament I have noticed is that it causes instant anxiety and makes me nervous for weeks before hand. I think this is great because it forces you to work through these emotions and deal with healthy anxiety. Not only can it teach you to toughen up but it gives you extra energy to pull from when training. If you look at it from a biological standpoint, with the lens of the fight or flight response, you literally are signing up for the fight response. Physiologically it only makes sense that you elicit this type of response because you’re an organism. By conquering this type of stress through competing in tournaments it only helps you build your abilities for much more uncontrolled situations in life, street fights and any other type of stress you can deal with.

I think everyone should compete in BJJ tournaments, at least once a year. Your mission is to do a Google search to find a local tournament and register. Good luck, and train hard.

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