What Makes a Jiu Jitsu Competitor Great?

What Makes a Jiu Jitsu Competitor Great?

How to be a Great Jiu Jitsu Competitor.

The theme of the month at Robot has been competition!  This month we started our competition class with Coach Andrew and Coach Luke on Fridays at 5:30PM (see either of them or Coach Robbie if you’re interested in competing).  Our bots Billie B. and Owen G. stepped on the tatami for their first tournament and won silver medals at the Vulkan Open!  Coach Luke won gold at the prestigious Dream Jiu Jitsu No Gi Open!  Coach Andrew won gold in his division at the Vulkan Open!  And this past weekend Coach Leo won his debut MMA fight in ONE MINUTE by armbar!  With all of this hardware making its way to Robot, we thought we’d talk about what makes a JiuJitsu competitor?

Consistency is Key:

​We’ve mentioned this one before but this is where it all starts! In order to be a competitor, we need to be on the mat!  Come to class and get the reps in. Even if you’re injured, there is always something you can be doing to make yourself better!  You can drill, practice being a good training partner, or you can come watch class and learn the details of the techniques.  Great competitors always find a way to continue to develop, you just need to be on the mat to do it!

Hard Work Pays Off:

​It’s no secret that hard work is the key to success in basically anything.  That’s why it’s so important for us to make sure that we work hard during all of our training sessions!  What does it mean to work hard?  For starters, it means coming to class awake and ready to learn!  If we’re ready to learn, we can always get something out of a training session!  Hard work also allows us to push our training partners to the next level.  How do we do that?  By sparring hard, drilling hard, and being a good training partner!  The fact that we have so many successful competitors is no coincidence.  A big BIG part of it is that they all work hard together and make each other better!  Besides, Lua gets upset when she doesn’t see us working hard and who wants to upset Lu lu?

“Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard!” – Kevin Durant

Never Give Up:

Mental toughness is perhaps the most important aspect of a successful competitor.  Being mentally tough means to not give up when the odds are against us and to keep fighting until the bell!  There is an old Japanese proverb that says “Fall down seven times, get up eight”.  That means that to be mentally tough, we can’t ever give up!  If we fight hard even when we’re tired, we will be able to take that fire into tournament day and be stronger than our opponent!  Often times, the person who wants it more is the one who will win and that means fighting until the bell!  When our coaches push us, they’re trying to make us mentally tough so tournament day, or anything difficult in life, seems easy!

Enjoy the Ride:

​There are many other aspects of great competitors but the final one that keeps all of them coming back is that competing is FUN!  In victory or defeat (we call that learning in jiu jitsu :]) it is important that we always leave the mat with a smile.  Whatever your purpose for starting martial arts, you kept coming back because it was fun!  Don’t forget that!  Competition is just a way to have fun with someone you don’t know and to try your techniques out on someone who doesn’t know your game!  You’ll see a lot of the same people at all the tournaments, so make sure that you smile, make new friends, and most importantly have FUN!

Vulkan Jiu Jitsu Tournament Recap:

The Vulkan California Tournament happened last weekend on August 2nd and August 3rd.  Coach Andrew as well as the Bots Team competed and took home some hardware!  No matter how well you finish, it’s important that you have fun while competing!  But it’s always an added bonus to get a medal :]  Owen G and Billy both took home silvers!  Hard work pays off young ones.


Just a Reminder

We started our new competition team class for advanced students wanting to compete or who have already competed. Coached by Luke and Andrew.  Class is every Friday from 5:30pm-6:30pm.  Remember, Jiu Jitsu is an individual sport.  We are nothing without teammates.

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