Reason #5 & 6 to Compete

1bjj Reason #5 – It makes you better in every way.  Competing is a test of your Mind, Body and Soul.  You get to test your technical ability in a stressful environment.

If you started BJJ for Self Defence reasons then it gives you a chance to test your newly acquired skills in a safe environment.  You can see what works well and what needs more attention.

If you started BJJ to get in shape, well training for a competition is one of the best ways to get in shape.  Hours of drilling and rolling sheds the weight right off and builds killer cardio.

Competition is also great for testing out your heart, not just the physical organ itself but YOUR heart… are you going to give up if you get in a bad spot?  What about when you are tired?  It’s easy to stop in the club, especially if your training partners let you.  There is no stopping in competition.  Competition truly tests your Mind Body and Soul.



Reason #6 – It gives you a chance to strengthen you bond with your teammates and coaches.  If you want to do well in competition, and I mean you really want to win, it takes effort.  Not just on your behalf, but your team.  It is not something you can do alone.

Your need training partners to work with, a coach to guide you and they have to be interested in helping you.  It is no surprise that many BJJ Schools call their team a family, it is.  For some people the bond you have with your teammates is stronger than the ones you have with your siblings.

Your teammates have see you sweat, cry and bleed on the mats, hopefully the mats were cleaned afterwards no one wants to train on tear soaked mats.  You have confided with your coach on you insecurities and they guide you to make the best decision for you.  All this happens with prepping for competition, this is the REAL test.

The competition itself is a chance to show off and have fun, to see what all your hard work and your teams hard work has become.  Your victory is shared with your team and the weight of your loses are carried by them to, as a team.


Don’t deny yourself the chance to build your bond with your BJJ Family.  Prepare for the competition together and represent your Family on the mats.


Check out this great article on the 4 Biggest Mistakes Competitors Make

If you would like to help with the event please email me to offer your help or just ask day of.  We need timekeeper/scorekeepers, referees and service people.  Any time you can donate is very much appreciated.

Good luck in training,

Mike Yackulic

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About myackulic

Arashi Do North has been open since Jan 2004 (since 1985 in Alberta). We offer Karate, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai classes to Children 4-7, 8-12, 14-16 and adults (16+). Come try out a class with use and check out our other social media for neat videos and photos.
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