Most people will not compete with the goal of becoming a world champion, but everyone should think about competing at least once for the learning opportunities and experience. It’s by no means a requirement for learning BJJ, but it will help you improve faster. For your first tournament especially, go in with an open mindset and don’t put pressure on yourself to win. Instead take it as an opportunity to test yourself against an unknown opponent, learn what you need to work on, and have fun with your teammates. You may never feel completely prepared for a competition, but here are a few helpful tips to take into consideration before jumping into your first tournament.
– Talk to your instructor
– Train consistently for at least 5 weeks
– Have a game plan that you test in training against people of your belt and skill level
– Consider taking private lessons
– Train hard and with a competition mindset
– Learn the rules for the tournament you are competing in and keep track of points while sparing
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