Entering BJJ competitions can be an exciting and unforgettable experience, whether it’s your first or your fifteenth. Even if you don’t always come out on top, the thrill of the competition is what makes it all worth it. But, as much as we love diving into new challenges, it’s important to be prepared. So, to help you feel confident and ready to take on the mats, we’ve put together some tips to make your first BJJ competition a success:
- Know the rules and regulations: Make sure you read the rules and regulations before you go. Showing up to a gi competition in no-gi gear is a no-no! Familiarizing yourself with the rules and expectations will make your competition day run smoother and more enjoyable.
- Visualize and prepare: Visualizing a successful outcome is a great way to boost your confidence, but it’s also important to prepare for the different scenarios that may arise. Think about how you’ll manage stress, devise a strategy, and handle a loss.
- Treat your body like a temple: Staying hydrated and eating nutritious food will help you feel your best on competition day. Train hard and feed your body accordingly so that you’re in top shape when it’s time to hit the mats.
- Relax and have fun: It’s normal to feel nervous, but don’t forget to relax and enjoy yourself. BJJ competitions are like exams – they’re an opportunity to improve and grow, not the end-all and be-all of jiu-jitsu.
- Warm up: A proper warm-up is essential to avoid injury. Spend a few minutes stretching and waking up your muscles before you jump into the action.
Are you getting ready for a tournament or considering joining one? Don’t hesitate to reach out – we’d be happy to help with any questions you may have.