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Am I Ready for Competition?
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Competition can be a nerve-racking. Choosing to compete is quite an endeavor for the beginning Jiu-Jitsu student. For Jiu-Jitsu this can be one of the ultimate testing ground for your game and how your strategy stacks up to people who are around your weight and rank. If you are deciding on whether to compete or not there are a couple of questions you should ask yourself.
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Why do I want to compete? This should be the first question to ask. If it is to please your instructor, friends, or family then you may need to reevaluate if it’s truly what YOU want to do. Choosing to compete should be an intrinsic motivation. It should come from within you and nobody else.
What if I lose? If you compete long enough, you will lose. That’s reality. So will you be ok with that? If losing in competition pushes you away from Jiu-Jitsu than perhaps just enjoy class and tough rolls at the gym.
What if I win? Although this should be the expectation it is also an important question. Sometimes winning can be a detriment. All of the sudden after all of the hard work leading up to competition a win can make a person complacent. The best time to train is directly after a win. This sends a clear message to your instructor and team mates. So if you choose to compete be ready to keep training win, lose, or draw.
Is competition beneficial? Competition can raise your Jiu-Jitsu to new heights regardless of the result the day of the tournament. The process leading up to a competition is where you can really hone in skills that will eventually become your “A” game. In short, progress is made during the journey not the destination. That said, a lot can be learned about ourselves with competition.
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These are just a few of the important questions to ask yourself before you decide to compete. It’s always a good idea to talk to your instructor about expectations when it comes to competing. Some schools have specific criteria that will allow you to represent the academy. We will leave you with a bit advice from BJJ Fanatics All-Star Tom DeBlass’s thoughts on competition.