Behind the BJJ Scenes: What It Takes to Run a Tournament

BJJ Competition Training Plan

The first thing you need to remember when preparing for a bjj tournament is that it’s not just about winning or losing. You have to train hard so that you are ready for any situation that may come your way during the event.

If you’re not prepared, then you will probably get beat up badly, which could result in injury or even death.

Before a tournament you should take some time off from training. Your body needs time to recover and recuperate after a long period of intense activity.

You shouldn’t compete until your body feels like it is at its best condition. During this recovery period you should practice jiujitsu, but don’t go too heavy with it since you want to make sure that your body is in top shape for the big day.

You should also keep yourself mentally focused. Don’t let other things distract you from your goal.

Focus on the task at hand and don’t give into distractions such as alcohol or drugs. A good rule of thumb is if you feel like you are going through withdrawals, then stop competing immediately!

Training for a tournament takes a lot of energy and focus. That’s why it’s important to eat right beforehand and drink plenty of water while training.

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It is also important to take days off from time to time. It is also a good idea to go through different scenarios with a training partner so you are prepared for whatever comes your way. Knowing basic self-defense techniques will also come in handy during the event, so consider taking a class on that if you haven’t already.

One of the most important things when competing is to make sure you are hydrated and well nourished. Don’t just eat junk food right before the match because you are going to regret it.

Consume plenty of fruits and vegetables during the week leading up to a competition. You should also drink at least two gallons of water per day.

You should always stretch out before a competition because you don’t want to get injured and have to forfeit the match. Focus on the major muscle groups and try to hold each stretch for at least thirty seconds.

Breathe deeply and relax.

Another thing you can do is visualize yourself winning the competition. This may sound silly, but athletes do this all the time and it can definitely give you an edge.

Just close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and see yourself dominating every opponent that gets in your way. Make the images as vivid as possible. See every punch, kick and take down with perfect clarity.

Controlling your temper is very important as well. You don’t want to end up in a shouting match with the referee because you’ll probably get a penalty for unprofessional behavior.

Stay cool, calm and collected even when things don’t go your way. If you lose your head, then you give something else for your opponent to take advantage of. Remain in control at all times.

Sometimes you may find yourself getting demoralized during a competition. Don’t worry, this tends to happen to everyone at one time or another.

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Your opponent may be better than you are and you may start thinking that you won’t be able to beat him. The most important thing to remember in a situation like this is not to give up. You wouldn’t be in this situation if you weren’t strong enough to overcome it. Acknowledge the fact that you are feeling discouraged and then put it out of your mind. Don’t let your emotions take over because you will need a clear head if you want to win.

It isn’t all about winning, though. Sometimes you may find yourself in a competition where the other person is just better than you and there is nothing you can do to win.

Maybe you aren’t as skilled or maybe they have had more experience than you have. This is a good time to practice being sportsmanlike. No one likes a sore loser and no one likes a jerk that gloats either. If you lose, shake your opponent’s hand and tell them that you look forward to facing them again after you have more experience. If you win, don’t humiliate your opponent and accidentally create a bitter rival in the process.

After the competition has ended, make sure you find out how you did. You have a right to know if you won or lost the competition, regardless of whether or not it was a class project.

Find out what you did well and what you can improve on for next time. Think about what you can do to get better and then go practice.

The world of martial arts is an ever-evolving one because there is always something new to learn. The better you get, the more complex the techniques become and the more you realize that there is still a lot for you to learn.

That’s one of the things that keeps it exciting and interesting. If you keep working hard and never give up, you can become the best that you can be. Best of luck to you and remember to have fun!

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