Competitive Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
There is no better way to test your training than to step out on the mats of a competition. Whether it’s IBJJF, NAGA, Grapplers Quest, etc., just putting it on the line and competing will make you a better grappler. Here at Wrightson BJJ competition is not forced but encouraged. Head instructor Philip Proctor encourages all students to compete and do it as often as possible. With the growing scene of competitive BJJ, you can surely find a tournament within reasonable distance of your academy.
Training for a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournament
When training and prepping for a tournament, it is important that you make changes to your normal training regiment. For one, strength and conditioning is a must. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen people gas out in a tournament and lose a match due to their conditioning. You can be used to rolling round after round at the gym, but it’s not the same. The tempo and intensity of a tournament match can be shocking to those who have never experienced it before.
Aside from the bump up in physical training, it’s important to train mentally. You must know the rules and situations and have a good game plan. It’s very important to have a system that you’re confident in to get to your spots where you can execute. It’s also important in training to push yourself mentally when you’re tired and not concede positions.
Wrightson BJJ at Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournaments
Here at Wrightson BJJ we have a few avid competitors. Recently a couple of our students have been active and getting on the podium. Brent Moreland took bronze at IBJJF Atlanta Open blue belt heavyweight and gold at his weight class in NAGA Philadelphia. Felipe Shaidenfish is a 16yr old blue belt who wrestles in high school and yesterday he brought home Gold in the Gi and silver in NoGi at NAGA Philadelphia.