So you’re not much of a competitor, are you? You sure like training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and you enjoy hitting the mats as often as possible… But the matter of the fact is – you don’t like competition at all.
However, do you have to compete in order to be a legit Jiu-Jitsu athlete? And what about being a legit BJJ black belt?
Nick “Chewy” Albin shares his opinion.
COMPETITION & BEING A LEGIT BJJ BLACK BELT
You’ve probably already guessed the answer to this one. No, you don’t have to compete in order to be branded as a “legit” black belt at all; whether or not you’re a black belt has more to do with your skills (and how you teach) than with how successful you’ve been on the competition stage.
Now, with that being said, there are numerous advantages to being a black belt competitor. For instance, Chewy emphasizes that by competing, you’ll gain experience that you can then transfer onto other athletes and to your own students; the sort of knowledge you wouldn’t be able to share unless you’ve experienced it beforehand.
Secondly, competing will more than likely turn you into a better athlete. There’s a quote that says: “Nobody ever got worse competing.” And that’s very true; so, even though it won’t turn you into any more of a legit black belt, it will surely turn you into a more skilled one.
Chewy shares more of his opinion on the video below: