Do you compete? Sure, you might not have aspirations to become a professional BJJ athlete…
But competing could greatly improve not just the quality of your Jiu-Jitsu, but also of your mindset.
“Suga” Sean O’Malley – #2 ranked UFC bantamweight fighter – spoke about why it’s important for hobbyists to compete:
I think that it’s important for athletes who are trying to compete, for sure to do it.
But even for people who aren’t, you know, trying to become world champs.
Just to do it, to put themselves out there, get themselves out of their comfort zone… Feel those nerves you get when you compete.
Like, losing at a Jiu-Jitsu tournament isn’t the end of the world.
You go out there, you lose, and you realize: “Oh, that was fun! I had a good time. No one is pointing at me or laughing at me because I lost a Jiu-Jitsu tournament.”
O’Malley believes that it’s important for “regular people” to feel the nerves:
So, I think it’s important, you know, for the average Joe that comes in and trains 2 days per week, 3 days per week – to just go out there and try.
To just feel those nerves, because you’re not going to feel them anywhere else.
So you might as well go out there and experience it.
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