PRECISION MARTIAL ARTS PROVIDES SUPERIOR BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU INSTRUCTION FOR TOURNAMENT TRAINING.
As participation in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instruction has increased over the past few years, so have the number of tournaments in which the BJJ student can compete. There are local, national, and international venues such as NAGA (North American Grappling Association), Grappler’s Quest, and the IBJJF to name a few. To accommodate the growth in the number of tournament competitors, numerous age and weight divisions exist to make the competition as fair equitable as possible. I was fortunate to train at Precision Martial Arts where outstanding Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instruction was provided for the individual who wants to compete.
TOURNAMENT COMPETITION NOT NECESSARILY FOR EVERYONE WHO WANTS BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU INSTRUCTION
Not every BJJ student may want to become involved in tournaments. It is unfortunate that some instructors and schools will pressure an individual to compete. An individual can choose to never participate in a tournament and still receive all the benefits afforded by BJJ instruction. I credit Professor Tom Dinklage at Precision Martial Arts for instituting a class regimen that meets the needs of the person who wants to compete but does not pressure any student to do so. At PMA, all students are considered equals whether tournaments are part of their individual program or not.
COMPETE IN TOURNAMENTS AND SEE YOUR BJJ SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES IMPROVE DRAMATICALLY.
In my dozen or so years of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instruction, I have probably competed in a minimum of 30 to 40 tournaments. One of the biggest rewards from competing – other than winning a medal or trophy – was a chance for me to test my skills and techniques from my training against competitors who did not know my game. At a tournament, the statement that BJJ competition is a physical game of chess is truly played out. You have the opportunity to test your game in real time with opponents that most likely are not familiar with your style of rolling. Another significant benefit to tournament competition was that my understanding of BJJ moves and techniques would improve after each competition. I again credit Professor Tom with developing an individual game plan tailored to my strengths that allowed me to experience tremendous success on the competition mat.
MAKE YOUR TOURNAMENT BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU INSTRUCTION TOUGHER THAN THE REAL EVENT.
How the individual BJJ competitor prepares for a tournament varies. But what is shared in common by all who compete is the idea that you want your pre-tournament training to be structured so that the tournament itself seems easier than the preparation for it. I can say that I always found that to be the case when I competed. Professor Tom through his own competing in martial arts events knew how to prepare me. The training was very tough and demanding both physically and mentally. It tested my limits and gave me a good sense of what I was capable of doing. My competition training definitely taught me how to deal with stress and high pressure situations.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instruction is beneficial whether the individual decides to compete in tournaments or not. However, if you truly want to test yourself and the skills you have acquired, there is no better method than to compete. No matter what the outcome, you learn and come out a winner. You get the opportunity to test your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instruction under pressure.