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Why you should make the move from training to competing

Training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will change your life, but there’s another level to this sport that some people don’t even consider; competing in tournaments.

Surprisingly, only around 10 – 15% of BJJ practitioners actually test their skills in competitions. Now, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that – BJJ is its own reward – but if you’re on the fence about making the move from training to competing, then here are three reasons why it’s a good idea.

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Time to up your game

Competition is essential for any sport; if there’s no one to push you, then how do you get better?

Stagnation is the death of anything, and making the jump from training to competing will suddenly give you a new sense of motivation.

You’ll train harder, take on more classes, bigger opponents and eat healthier, all in preparation for your first competition.

You’ll want to work on your weak spots and ask others in your gym to help you improve.

Basically you’ll “level up” when a tournament is on the horizon, and that can only be a good thing for your Jiu Jitsu journey.

Great learning curve

We’ve talked before about entering your first tournament and how nerve-wracking it can be, but it’s also a wonderful learning experience.

Training week in, week out against your mates in the gym is great, but it also leaves you open to familiarity and complacency.

You can’t know your weaknesses if you’re not tested on them, and the only way to do that is to spar against new opponents.

By entering competitions and rolling with people you’ve never sparred with before, you’ll suddenly find yourself coming up against new challenges, ones you’ll need to overcome on the day.

You’ll learn more in one day at a tournament than you will in a month of the gym.

Step out of your comfort zone

Everybody is different. Not everyone is a social butterfly. Some people are the first to sign up to karaoke while others break out in a cold sweat even thinking about it.

Stepping out of your comfort zone is a big step towards growing as a person. If we don’t challenge ourselves in life, how are we meant to evolve?

Making the move from training to competing is a huge step, especially for those who are naturally shy.

The nervousness you feel before the competition, the number of people watching, your instructor shouting from the sidelines… all these things make for a tough time, but overcoming them is why we do it.

And there’s also the questions all BJJ practitioners ask themselves at some point; can I look after myself on the streets? Will I remember everything I’ve learned on the mats? Or will I just panic if I’m attacked?

Sparring in a competition is the closest you’ll get to a real-life fight, allowing you to test your skills and what you’ve learnt so far.

Rolling with friends and rolling in a tournament are two very different things, and once that adrenaline hits, can you honestly say you know how you’ll react?

The only way to find out is to sign up for the next competition.

Improve your BJJ game by competing

Making the leap from training to competing isn’t for everyone, but if you’re considering it, then you’re probably ready to give it a go.

The vast majority of instructors will encourage competition because it improves your BJJ game in ways that simple gym sparring can never do.

One of the great things about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is that there’s always room for improvement, and testing yourself against others in a tournament is one of the best ways to up your game.

Competing is a challenge in itself, and if you think you’re up to it, then don’t hesitate to sign up.

If you’re interested in competing in a BJJ tournament, then contact us today and let’s have a chat about your options.

Remember, it’s not about winning or losing, it’s about learning.