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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Anxiety and pressure from the warm ups in training

I think this really depends on the instructor.  If your academy does the traditional running warm up then you are out of luck. You will just have to practice those movements until they feel more natural.  Definitely get your rolls (forward and backwards) and shrimping down since they are super important.  I actually hate doing warm ups like this. I mean they are great for getting students warmed up and especially for beginners.  And I know I might trigger a

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It doesn’t get easier, you just adapt

A big problem that newer students have when they transition from a beginner focused class to an all levels class with more rolling is that it gets a lot harder for them. Which is perfectly natural.  Jiu jitsu is so unlike other sports in its movement on the ground. That’s why there is this large tutorial phase. Where you have to learn (in most academy’s) all the basic movements like forward rolls, backwards rolls, shrimping, break falling, etc and then

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