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The Right Time to Start Competing in BJJ

The Right Time to Start Competing in BJJ

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art and combat sport known for its emphasis on ground fighting and submission holds. As practitioners progress in their BJJ journey, many contemplate the idea of testing their skills in a competitive setting. However, the question of when is the right time to start competing in BJJ is subjective and depends on various factors. In this blog post, we will explore the considerations that can help you determine the right time to begin your competitive journey in BJJ.

Fundamental Knowledge and Skill Development:

Before jumping into the world of competition, it is crucial to establish a solid foundation of fundamental BJJ techniques and principles. This typically involves consistent training and mastering basic positions, submissions, escapes, and transitions. Competing too early may hinder your progress, as a lack of fundamental knowledge and skills can result in frustration and potential injuries. It is advisable to spend sufficient time honing your techniques and building a strong technical foundation before venturing into the competitive arena.

Comfort and Confidence:

Competing in BJJ requires a certain level of comfort and confidence in your abilities. While nerves are normal, feeling overwhelmed or excessively anxious may hinder your performance. It is essential to assess your mental preparedness and gauge your level of comfort in applying techniques against resisting opponents. Participating in regular sparring sessions and open mat rolls can help you gain confidence and adapt to the unpredictable nature of grappling exchanges.

Understanding Competition Rules:

Familiarizing yourself with the rules and regulations of BJJ competitions is crucial before stepping onto the mats. Each competition may have its own set of rules, scoring systems, and time limits. Take the time to study and understand the ruleset that applies to the specific event you plan to compete in. This knowledge will not only help you strategize and make informed decisions during matches but also ensure your safety and prevent unnecessary disqualifications.

Physical Preparedness and Injury Prevention:

Competing in BJJ places substantial physical demands on your body. It is vital to assess your overall physical readiness and ensure you are free from any significant injuries or health issues that may hinder your performance or jeopardize your well-being. Regular strength and conditioning training, along with proper nutrition and adequate rest, can help enhance your physical preparedness and reduce the risk of injuries during competitions.

Coach’s Guidance and Support:

Consulting with your BJJ coach or instructor is invaluable when deciding if it is the right time to compete. They possess the knowledge and experience to assess your progress accurately and provide guidance on whether you are ready for the competitive environment. Your coach can help you set realistic goals and create a training plan that aligns with your aspirations, helping you make a smooth transition into the world of competition.

Conclusion:

Deciding when to start competing in BJJ is a personal choice that should be based on a combination of factors such as your technical proficiency, mental and physical preparedness, understanding of competition rules, and guidance from your coach. Remember that competing is a valuable learning experience, regardless of the outcome. When you feel sufficiently prepared and confident, embracing the challenges of competition can fuel your growth as a BJJ practitioner and contribute to your overall development in the martial art.

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Curriculum

*1st place – Brazil Cup Jiu-Jitsu (CBJJO) – 2004
*1st place – Rio de Janeiro Jiu-Jitsu State League (LERJJ) – 2004
*1st place – Rio de Janeiro Jiu-Jitsu State Championship (FJJ-Rio) – weight and open weight division – 2004
*1st place – Rio de Janeiro Jiu-Jitsu State Ranking (FJJ-Rio) – 2004
‍*2nd place – Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championship (CBJJ) – 2005
*1st place – Rio de Janeiro Jiu-Jitsu State Championship – weight and open weight division (FJJ-Rio) – 2005.
*1st place – Rio de Janeiro Jiu-Jitsu State Ranking (FJJ-Rio) – 2005
*1st place – Brazil Cup Jiu-Jitsu – weight division – 2006
* 3rd place – Brazil Cup Jiu-Jitsu – Absolut of light division – 2006
*1st place – Super Cup Rip Dorey Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Professional – 2006
*1st place – Rio de Janeiro Jiu-Jitsu State Championship – weight and open weight division (FJJ-Rio) – 2006
*3rd Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Championship CBJJO 2007 – Weight Division
*3rd Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Championship CBJJO 2007 – Open Weight Division
*2nd place – South American Jiu-Jitsu Championship (IBJJF ) – 2007
*1st place – Rio de Janeiro Jiu-Jitsu State Championship (FJJ-Rio ) – 2007
*1st place – International Jiu-Jitsu No Gi Championship – 2007
*1st place – Rio de Janeiro Jiu-Jitsu State Championship (FJJ-Rio) – 2008
*1st place – Rio de Janeiro Jiu-Jitsu State Championship (FJJD-Rio) – 2008
*1st place – Rio de Janeiro Jiu-Jitsu State Championship (FJJ-Rio) – open weight division – 2009
*1st place – South American Jiu-Jitsu Championship (IBJJF)- 2009
*2nd place – Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Jiu-Jitsu No Gi Championship (CBJJ)- 2009
*1st place – Super Fight Jiu-Jitsu – Ohio – 2011
*1st place – Colorado State Jiu-Jitsu No Gi Championship – weight Division – 2011
*1st place – Colorado State Jiu-Jitsu No Gi Championship – Open Weight Division – 2011
*1st place – Super Fight Jiu-Jitsu – Colorado – 2011
*1st place – Dallas Jiu-Jitsu International Open (IBJJF) – 2012
*3rd place – Pan American Jiu-Jitsu International Championship (IBJJF) – 2013
*1st place – Chicago Jiu-Jitsu International Open (IBJJF) – 2013
*1st place – Seattle Jiu-Jitsu International Open (IBJJF) – 2014
*1st place – BJJ Tour Jiu-Jitsu International – 2014
*1st place – Summer Classic Super Fight Jiu-Jitsu – 2015
*1st place – Europa Super Show Dallas – Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Super Fight – 2015
*1st place – Vegas International Open (IBJJF) – Weight division – 2016
*1st place – Vegas International Open (IBJJF) Open weight division – 2016
*1st place – Los Angeles PRO (IBJJF) – 2016
*2nd place – weight division – New York International Open (IBJJF) – 2017
*3rd place – Absolute (open weight) divison – New York International Open (IBJJF) – 2017
*1st place – National Championship (IBJJF) – 2017
*1st place – San Jose International Open Championship (IBJJF) – 2017
*1st place – weight division – Seattle International Open Championship (IBJJF) – 2017
*2nd place – absolute (open weight division) – Seattle International Open Championship (IBJJF) – 2017
*Champion of super fight – Fight to Win PRO 47TX – 2017
*1st place – San Diego Pro Championship (IBJJF) – 2017
*2nd place – Pan American No Gi International Championship (IBJJF) – 2017
*1st place – San Antonio International Open (IBJJF) – 2017
*1st place – Cincinnati International Open (IBJJF) – 2017
*2nd place – World NO GI (IBJJF) – 2017
*1st place – Seattle International Open (IBJJF) – 2018
*2nd place – Super fight – Fight to Win PRO 87 TX – 2018

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