The professor tells you there’s a competition coming up. You’ve never competed before. You’d like to do it and feel unsure but take the plunge anyway. Participating in a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) competition for the first time can be an exciting and daunting experience for any novice. The following steps can help you prepare effectively and maximise your chances of success in your first BJJ competition.

  1. Train consistently: The most crucial aspect of preparing for any competition is consistent training. Make sure you are attending your BJJ classes regularly, practicing the techniques you have learned, and drilling them with your training partners. If possible, you may also want to consider additional training, such as private lessons, to refine your technique and address any weaknesses.
  2. Focus on your diet and fitness: In the weeks leading up to the competition, focus on eating a healthy diet that supports your training and helps you maintain a healthy weight. Additionally, consider adding some cardio and strength training to your routine to improve your overall fitness and endurance.
  3. Research the competition: Take the time to research the competition rules, format, and schedule, so you know what to expect on the day. Also, try to find out about your potential opponents, their style, and their previous competition records.
  4. Practice visualization techniques: Visualization is a powerful technique that can help you mentally prepare for your competition. Imagine yourself performing your techniques flawlessly, winning your matches and receiving your medal or trophy. Visualise yourself staying calm, focused, and composed during the competition.
  5. Develop a game plan: Based on your research and analysis of potential opponents, develop a game plan that suits your strengths and weaknesses. Consider your strategy for each match, such as your opening moves, potential counterattacks and any weaknesses you need to avoid.
  6. Get enough rest: The night before the competition, get enough sleep to ensure you are well-rested and energised. Also, make sure you arrive early at the venue, so you have enough time to warm up, stretch, and mentally prepare yourself.
  7. Stay calm and focused: During the competition, try to stay calm and focused. Focus on your game plan, execute your techniques confidently, and stay present in the moment. Remember, your opponent is likely to feel the same nerves and pressure as you, so staying calm and focused can give you an advantage.
  8. If you fail pick yourself up and carry on: Analysis of successful sports men and women shows that the top performers are those that quickly pick themselves up after a failure. They analyse what they did wrong and work out what they needed to do differently and then they get straight back in the ring.

In summary, preparing for your first BJJ competition involves consistent training, focusing on your diet and fitness, researching the competition, practicing visualisation techniques, developing a game plan, getting enough rest, and staying calm and focused during the competition. By following these steps, you can increase your chances of success and enjoy the experience of competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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