Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competition Training at Wrightson BJJ

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.

Situational Sparring in competition class

Situational Sparring in competition class

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.

Wrightson BJJ Blue Belt Brent Moreland takes 3rd place at IBJJF Atlanta Open

Wrightson BJJ Blue Belt Brent Moreland takes 3rd place at IBJJF Atlanta Open


IBJJF New York Open- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competition

What is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournament?

When most people think of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, they think of it in the aspect of Royce Gracie in UFC 1. However, there is an ever growing aspect of BJJ and that is Sport BJJ. The number of organizations that put on tournaments is rising and that can only mean great things for this sport. There is no better way to test your skills than to compete in a tournament.

The most universally known and popular rules for a tournament are as follows: no striking or slamming, a submission ends the fight at any point, and points are 2 points for a takedown, 3 points for a guard pass, 4 points for mount, 4 points for back control, 2 points for knee on belly, and 2 points for a sweep. The competitors are bracketed and compete 1v1 and depending on the tournament, it can be double elimination or single elimination.


New York Open– Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournament

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Lose weight and learn self defense with Muay Thai in Towson, MD

Muay Thai Class 4/10/14

Tonights Muay Thai class at Wrightson BJJ in Towson, MD was rockin! Coach Mike had everyone in the class working hard. Class started with a traditional warm up that included jumping rope and shadow boxing. This warm up is not designed to exhaust the students but if you’re not in proper shape, it can feel that way. Muay Thai is a sport that requires very good cardio and we are always working to improve that.

Muay Thai round kicks

Muay Thai round kicks

After warming up, we started with some round house kicks on the pads to transition from a basic warm up to regular class. By practicing these kicks it gives the students a chance to work on a technique that is super important as well as still giving their body a chance to fully warm up.

 Muay Thai Technique Portion of Class

After making sure students are well and warm, we then moved on to the portion of the class that varies depending on what Coach Mike wants the students to work on. Tonight, we focused on head movement and defense. Read more »

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training in Towson, MD

Wrightson BJJ- Jiu Jitsu in Towson

If you live in Baltimore County and are looking for a place to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Wrightson BJJ is the place for you. We specialize in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but also have Muay Thai, Wrestling, Yoga, and MMA classes. We offer morning classes four days a week and are open every week day evening with multiple classes every evening.

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Student preparing for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournament

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournament Training with Philip Proctor and Wrightson BJJ

It’s the Friday before the Copa Nova Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament and we just wrapped up a grueling tournament prep here at Wrightson BJJ. Head instructor Philip Proctor, a BJJ Black Belt and Judo Brown Belt, made sure each competitor was prepared mentally and physically for this tournament.

Here at Wrightson BJJ in Towson, MD, we do not make our students compete but it is encouraged. We believe that it is the best way to improve and test yourself when it comes to training. Read more »