How Often Should a BJJ Competitor Train?

 

In a typical BJJ academy, competitors will often make up fro 10 to 30% of the student body. Then from that small group of competitors, you have to distinguish the pro and regular competitors.

Pro competitors actually make a living from sponsors, teaching seminars and training and BJJ is pretty much all they do. These practitioners are part of the elite of our sport and you will not find them in many academies.

Regular competitors typically compete a few times a year and have regular jobs and families. They are serious about training and competing but they also have a life and obligations.

Multiple time BJJ world and ADCC champion Andre Galvao talks about how often should a BJJ competitor train in order to have results. Galvao is the owner and head instructor of Atos San Diego which has an army of the top BJJ competitors in the world so he is well placed to know what it takes.

“I think a competitor needs to train a lot because you want to have the best result in the tournament, so you need to train at least twice a day in Jitsu. You need to have conditioning as well. Strength and conditioning aside, I think you can do like two to four times a week in conditioning some type of cardio as well. I know people say ‘oh you should like roll a lot to get a better cardio’ but I think like when you do a different type of cardio such as running or bike or maybe even just going to a nice place on the beach and swimming I think you improve your overall cardio.”

Extra cardio

“So I think for competitors, you need to add some type of training that will increase your cardio because it’s really important. You can have all the techniques right but if you don’t have a good conditioning it’s gonna be hard for you to apply the techniques during the fight, especially like under pressure. You have a lot of pressure going on during the tournaments, and a lot of adrenaline so training wise you need to train as much as you can no matter what.”

“I think like a blue belt, purple belt needs to train every single day and then Saturdays, maybe like Sunday off; but in the middle of the week you need to have a break and you need to have a time for yourself as well.”

Avoiding overtraining

“I think is too much sometimes when you’re just on the mat all the time all the time then you can burn so I suggest to have a balance: Maybe going to movie theater, maybe going to the beach, enjoy your girlfriend or your friends and I think it’s part of life as well otherwise you’re gonna be stuck in the gym. You need to get the sunlight as it helps your vitamin D which helps a lot against depression. A lot of people they try really hard and they got super depressed you know so I suggest you to not only work at the gym but when you do a cardio or you do something different you can go outdoors.”

 

 

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How Hard Should You Roll Leading Up To BJJ Competitions

 

How hard should you roll in your gym leading up to a BJJ competition and how often should you roll that way?

This is the question Damon asked after competing in his 1st BJJ competition ever.

His question stems from the fact that the tournament match was so intense.

And he says he typically doesn’t feel that level of intensity during his Brazilian Jiu-jitsu training.

In the video I try to explain my thoughts on BJJ training and rolling in the gym vs a Brazilian Jiujitsu match in a competition.

And it’s my belief that while sometimes your training partners will exceed the skill level of your opponents in a competition, making a match easy.

You probably won’t be able to replicate the same level of intensity from a BJJ competition inside your gym.

Watch the video and see what you think.

Enjoy the video.
-Chewy

 

 

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The “Best Of” How To Get Disqualified In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

 

This video is both cringeworthy and instructional. If you are a newer BJJ player you may not know that competitions have rules. Most of them are in place to prevent injuries. Please take heed this film and do not do these things to others in the gym or while competing.

 

 

 

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Smaller BJJ Player Executes AWESOME Throws Against Larger Opponent

 

Size isn’t everything. Especially in BJJ.

Via breezebjj412 on Instagram “#US People think size matters. People think strength matters. The secret to success is timing and technique. @samuel_naionbjj “the giant slayer” shows the best example of this on yours truly. BIG MAN DOWN.”

 

 

 

 

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Should You Compete In BJJ? Does It Affect Promotions?

 

I often get asked my opinion on competing in BJJ tournaments…

Is it worth it? Am I gonna get better faster if I compete? Am I gonna get promoted faster?

There are many hidden benefits about competing in tournaments that you may not know, but the final decision is always yours… you don’t have to compete if you don’t want to.

I cover a lot of good stuff in the video below, please take a look and let me know your thoughts!

Gustavo Gasperin
BJJ Black Belt

 

 

 

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6 Tips For Your First Jiu-Jitsu Tournament

 

Some advice for anyone looking to do their first BJJ tournament:
1) Don’t worry about cutting weight
2) Don’t change your diet weeks before the tournament
3) Do a good warmup before your first match
4) Be open minded with your game plan
5) Focus on leaning
6) Have fun!!!!

More details below in video!

 

 

 

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Coach James Foster’s 10 Free Tips For Jiu-Jitsu Competitors

 

Coach James “300” Foster has some fantastic advice for those of us who practice competition Jiu-Jitsu.

Check it out:


Here are some competition tips that apply whether you’re disappointed in the current state of sport Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitions or have just had generally poor experiences as a competitor, I encourage you to take the following actions as complaining online or elsewhere will accomplish nothing as with most things in life:

1. Do not attend or support tournaments in which you don’t like the point system or rule set. Continued support only grows them stronger and gives no incentive for change.

2. Organize and put on a better event that is well run and follows the way you think things should be done. Competition forces other tournaments and promoters to improve their events.

3. Read and understand the rules of the particular event prior to entering because it’s your responsibility. This will not prevent human error on the part of the referee, however it will limit costly mistakes, potential disqualification, or a loss.

4. Train to finish or at least clearly dominate your opponent. If your game consists of playing for points and advantages, putting yourself in subjective positions, or intangible situations, don’t be shocked or outraged when you don’t get the nod.

5. Do not pull guard in fear of your opponent’s guard. In other words, if you do so because you’re afraid you’ll be swept or submitted while attempting to pass, your Jiu-Jitsu isn’t complete.

6. Don’t be lazy, train takedowns as you would any other aspect of your Jiu-Jitsu. If nothing else, train to have a complete knowledge of defending them. Pulling guard shouldn’t be your only option for getting a match to the ground.

7. If you lose, do not make excuses. If a small weight difference neutralizes your Jiu-Jitsu, that’s an issue with poor technique, leverage, or timing. Also, it’s rare to enter a competition 100% healthy and injury free. If you make the choice to compete in such a state that’s on you, and you accept the potential issues that may come with competing in that condition.

8. Train your mind equal to or more so than other aspects of your game. It can be your greatest asset or worst enemy, regardless of how superb your technique is or how greatly you’re prepared physically.

9. If you fatigue too quickly in your first match its due to an adrenaline dump which occurs because of an improper warmup. That “dump” should happen during your warmup if done properly, which will set you up to perform at your best.

10. Be humble in victory as well as defeat. I understand emotions get the better of us all from time to time, however your celebration should not be demeaning to your opponent and your reaction to losing should not portray you poorly. How you handle a loss is equally as important and your behavior during both situations are a direct reflection on your professor, affiliation, and team.

 

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How To Prepare For A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Competition

 

Hey guys I went down to Irvine California to Compete at the highest level at the Pan AM BJJ Competition. Had a great time and wanted to share some tips on how to get ready for a competition. Push your self! – Scott Barnes (@scottbarnes)

 

 

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Your BJJ Matches That You Sent For Us To Share

 

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Your BJJ Matches That You Sent For Us To Share

 

It brings us great pleasure to be able to share your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu journey’s with the world! Thank you for sending in your promotion pictures, competition videos, etc. It makes us feel great that you think about us during these precious moments, and we will always be here to pass your individual stories along!

 

This first one takes a little while to get to the ground but the finish is well worth the wait! Logan Cook Revgear World Open match 1.

 

The Good Fight BJJ Maryland Open Light Heavy White Belt.

 

Jorge Valladares Top Game Jiu Jitsu Studio.

 

Yassin Takun vs Sahir Boodun – F1 BJJ Tournament (Mauritius)

 

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