What is a good mindset for competing in Jiu Jitsu?

Competing is tough. It’s not easy. I think I’ve done everything from being self-deprecating to being like, man, I can do it.  I think it’s tough preparing yourself before your matches. I’ve touched on knowledge gaps before in previous posts but it’s always great to touch on this topic since there are new students joining Jiu Jitsu academies all over the world every day. The best preparation in my opinion is to make sure that you understand your positions as

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Always assume that your opponent will be bigger, faster, and stronger than you

This is the old school way of thought in Jiu Jitsu that gets overlooked a lot now a days.  And I think it’s both good and bad.  Old school Jiu Jitsu, at least in America, was always centered around usefulness in a fight.  Especially during a time when everyone thought that karate black belts needed to register their hands as deadly weapons and that the dim mak or death touch was real.  —So what better way to promote Jiu Jitsu

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Over training is real

Overtraining in Jiu Jitsu is a real serious condition that many instructors and students don’t talk about.  I can’t name too many sports were the norm is be in a constant state of over training as much as the sport/art of Jiu Jitsu  In fact, this ideal of needing to train twice a day or more has been blown out of proportion.   Some of the best guys in the world may be able to follow this type of training regiment

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