Ah, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu… There’re scarcely any things that are better than it, right? It’s an opportunity to combine hanging out with like-minded, awesome people, with becoming better at a certain thing. With becoming the best that you can be at it, actually.
However, what about competition? Competing isn’t an enjoyable experience for everyone, and so it might not be something that you’re keen to do.
But can you become good at BJJ without competing in it? Let’s answer that question.
CAN YOU BECOME GOOD AT BJJ WITHOUT COMPETING?
First of all, yes – you can become extremely good at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu without ever competing. Just think back to John Danaher; he’s arguably the best BJJ coach of our time, and yet he has never competed himself.
However, the question then is: how fast do you want to become good? Because, competition can make you improve a lot faster than not competing ever could. By stepping on those competition mats, you’ll come to notice the holes in your game much quicker than in the training room.
With that said, it’s not just your technical skills that will improve faster; but your mindset will, too. Competing will test your nerves like nothing else can, and it will therefore turn you into a much more resilient athlete.
Nick “Chewy” Albin shares more of his opinion on this topic, on the video below: