I got a phone call from a friend saying that I had lost a fight. He judged himself prejudiced by the refereeing in a given championship, he blamed the referee for his defeat. He did not admit he lost. Finally, taking some possible arbitration error (to err is human, referees can err also, without second intentions, and not necessarily intentionally be damaging someone), all athletes, when entering a competition, know the main rule: in the fight, one will win and the other lose. It seems clear, but many forget it.

It is also obvious that everyone comes in to win, but sometimes they lose. In a competition, you can only have one winner by category, and often, in defeat, we can draw important lessons to ensure future victories. Find out where you went wrong in the fight. Did not have strategy? Tired? Were your techniques in certain situations in the fight not efficient? Nervousness? And what many fighters do not even think about, but unfortunately it can happen, and if the other athlete was better on some factor or on several factors?

Once the adrenaline comes out of the blood, mentally try to remember the whole fight or watch the fight if someone filmed it. Observe your and your opponent’s movements. The right moves must be stimulated and developed, and the wrong ones must be corrected.

Victory is always the ultimate in the fighter’s life. It does not matter if it’s a compatition or a training session inside your gym. Which fighter does not have in his memory fights that he does not forget? Or even one that lost by points, but was not finished? Only this, to his understanding, for him is a victory, since he recognizes the superiority of his opponent. Winning is always good. Returning home knowing that you have defeated an athlete that you know has physical superiority, technique, or both, that sense of victory takes you to sleep. Win by points or by finishing is always a stimulus for each time we train more. But victory can not bring with it arrogance or lack of humility. Victory should be the reason for you to improve your Jiu-Jitsu and make it more efficient.

A defeat can point to your weak part, and from the recognition of your weakness, you can work and improve even to the point of making your quality stronger. Losing is bad, but not knowing why you lost is even worse! Once the adrenaline comes out of the blood, mentally try to remember the whole fight or watch the fight if someone filmed it. Observe your and your opponent’s movements. The right moves must be stimulated and developed, and the wrong ones must be corrected, studied, not repeated, and “unmade” movements must be studied very much because these moments are often that allow the opponent to win.

I believe that if the fighter thinks correctly, he will never see a loss as a total loss, or an episode that must be forgotten quickly, he will always be able to draw lessons for future fights and will certainly be rewarded with victories. Victory is always on the goal of every fighter in any fight, but we have to know how to deserve it.

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!