It’s always good to compete. In my point of view, the most important thing is for the student to have the will and his teacher to think that he is prepared, technically and physically. This trust between teacher, student and competitors, combined discipline and preparation with planning, aiming at competitions, always promote evolution.

The competition has to be taken seriously. Look for the calendar of your federation, confederation and schedule yourself. I believe that in all the academies there are fighters who practically know the competition calendar byt the top of their heads. Today, with the internet, this information is very accessible. The more your training is planned, the greater your chances of success. It can beat weight without sacrificing great performance. Even by talking to your teacher, you can come to a conclusion whether it’s best to stay on your weight or lower your weight, or even gain weight.

In my point of view, it is no use to arrive at the hour of the competition without strength, weak because of a last minute regime. Being finalized by the scale is regrettable. The important thing is to get out of your comfort zone, launch yourself into the challenge. But decision-making, attitudes have to be made. Talk to your teacher, increase your workout routine if possible. Train to the maximum. It is when you are tired that you further develop your Jiu-Jitsu. At this point, you are more demanded, you have to use a strategy, breathing and mental preparation.

Fitness is imperative. Talk to your teacher, a physical trainer. Prepare your body to compete, stay tuned to the weight chart of the desired category and stay within its category. Is your aerobic up-to-date? If so, then get better. Train a lot. The tracks are elastic, there are fighters that are already beyond their tracks. Respect all your opponents, believe me, at the tournaments, no one is there to serve as a sparring partner. I believe that the worst feeling a fighter can have is to reach the time of the fight and, in his heart, to know that he has not trained what he could. Fight to finish, so it is not subject to interpretation by the judge. The more you depend on yourself, the better.

Study and decorate the rules. Lack of knowledge of the rules can make you make basic mistakes and, even worse, blame the judge for not knowing the rules. Check your kimono, if it is in the template. It seems obvious, but how many athletes are barred at the time of the check in? Train with everyone in your gym, fight everyone in your gym, combining specific workouts. Combine drills where you can correct your weaknesses and potentialize your strengths. Repeat the positions countless times, until you do without thinking. It is clear to see the athlete who performs movements and finalizations so perfect, fruit of the continuous repetition of training.

In the last championship I went, I saw a fighter perform the same fall three times in the same fight. He believed in what he trained and performed perfectly. This is the confidence of the fighter who trains with his mind focused on combat. The level of our Jiu-Jitsu tournments, from the white belt to the black belt, requires a special dedication from the athlete, whether beginner or veteran. The current technical level does not allow more last-minute competitors. Competing is important, but always with the focus of winning. I do not like to lose and I do not think anyone likes it, whether it’s a teacher watching their student or an athlete.

Use the championship to beat your fears and push your limits. Getting into the fight knowing being ready is the best stimulant you can have. Representing your team’s shield well, its success inspires others from your academy to compete. I do not like listening to athletes seeking justification for their defeat. If you lose, evaluate your preparation behavior before the championship and prepare yourself better for the next one. The more you prepare yourself at the technical, physical and mental level, the more chances of winning you will have! If you won matches, got your medal, excellent, but always keep in mind that you can progress, improve your performance, because this should be the spirit of all fighters. From the victory of an athlete, is a great motivational factor for all of the team, and certainly in other championships, more partners will launch!