So maybe you just starting training Jiu-Jitsu or perhaps you have been doing it for awhile and you’re hesitant on whether or not you should compete. It can be very intimidating for most people. Maybe they feel they’re not good enough or don’t want to get hurt. Regardless it is normal to feel this way! Though I do not think everyone should have to compete, I think there are many reasons why you should. There are many positive things that can come out of it. Here are 5 reasons why everyone should compete.
Sense of accomplishment
For many people competing isn’t as simple as signing up for a tournament and then just showing up to fight. There’s a process right? Having to make the weight, increasing the intensity of your training, becoming more aware of your positioning and the points system all are just steps towards the ultimate goal of competing. It’s a great feeling to work towards something and once you’ve finished, you have a great sense of pride in following through and doing the best you could.
Facing your fears
I think this is a big one for most people. The reality is that everyone is afraid or at least nervous to compete. It’s quite a surreal experience standing across another person getting ready to fight. But facing your fears is an important thing to do in not just Jiu-Jitsu but life. Like Dan Gable said, “Once you wrestled in life everything else is easy.” The same goes for Jiu-Jitsu, if you can work up the courage to compete, everything else might become a little less intimidating.
Camaraderie among competitors
There is special bond between people who compete because they share the same experience and even more so for people compete against one another. Once you have competed you develop friendships with the people around you. All of these people can attest to how it feels to compete, the nervousness, the stress and we all share the same love: Jiu-Jitsu!
Help bring your Jiu-jitsu to another level
Competing is a different animal from the everyday training you do at the gym. The intensity is higher, more pressure, less room for mistakes. But this is also a very useful tool to help you realize what you need to improve on. Most competitors can tell you with great detail all of their bad losses and because of that it has helped them become that much better! It’s cliché but very true, “There’s no losing, either you win or you learn.”
I’ve never met anyone who regretted competing
Once the whole process is done, few people regret competing! Why? Because at the end of the day it’s not life or death for most people, it’s an art that we all love and enjoy doing. So win or lose you will be happy you did it because you learned a lot about yourself and that’s what’s most important. Piggybacking off the first reason, you have a great sense of pride that you did it and no one can take that away from you.